Sims Chiropractic Blog

Diabetes and Chiropractic Breakthrough Discoveries

Posted: December 22, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

Researchers finding connections between the spine and different illnesses are constantly growing. The spinal nervous system branches out to every muscle and organ of the body, so it should come as no surprise that there is a connection between blood sugar and the spine.

Research suggests that chiropractors may possibly start to have a hand in helping people with diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States and a growing epidemic worldwide. What does chiropractic have to do with blood sugar? Like I mentioned earlier, the spine affects the entire body, including the organs. If there is pressure on the nerve that stimulates the pancreas, its possible that its function suffers, which in turn means that blood sugar and digestion become affected. The outcome becomes diabetes or hypoglycemia.

To read about the recent case studies and how they are breaking through barriers of past thoughts on diabetes and what it means for those diagnosed, read the following article from

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy Is It Right for You?

Posted: December 22, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

Congratulations! Finding out that you’re expecting a baby is thrilling for any mom-to-be. As soon as you see that pink plus sign, your body begins to change rapidly and taking the extra precautions to have a healthy pregnancy and labor are essential.

For the nine months of changes that your body goes through during pregnancy, specific scientific chiropractic adjustments come highly recommended as part of the extra care and preparation. Chiropractic care has only proven to show positive results and all chiropractors are trained to work with women who are expecting.

Pregnancy can create changes in the spine and joints, including increased back curve, pelvic changes and postural adaptations. If the pelvis becomes misaligned, this can create a difficult labor for both the mother and the baby. Specific chiropractic care can keep the entire nervous system, and body functioning properly. Some of the benefits of getting regular adjustments are:

- controlling symptoms of nausea

- reducing time of labor and delivery

- relieving back, neck or joint pain

If you are expecting and have been considering getting chiropractic care, but still have questions, we can help. Not only will we help you ease discomfort throughout the pregnancy, our adjustments will result in an easier and safer delivery for both you and the baby.

Your First Visit With No Surprises

Posted: December 18, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

At Sims Family Chiropractic Care, we understand that it can be difficult and a little unnerving to try a new health care professional. No matter if it’s a new dentist, doctor, or chiropractor, most of the time you really don’t know what to expect, even if you were recommended from a friend or family member.

We want you to feel at ease even before you walk through the door for your first visit. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, or better yet if you have and have decided to switch to us, we make sure you know exactly what to expect. We explain everything so that you understand what we’re doing while we’re doing it.

For your first visit, we’ll do a series of tests to better understand what kind of health issues you might be having. Every practice member is completely unique and we take the time to understand you. The examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam, which includes checking the spine by hand (aka Palpation). We may also decide to conduct a test that reads spinal heat differences from one level of the spine to the other, which will give us a better idea of how the circulation in your back is. Further tests such as scans and spinal X-rays may be taken depending on your condition. Commonly, most patients receive three spinal x-rays at the beginning of their care. All of these tests are taken with up-to-date and modern technology to give us the most accurate results.

Your next appointment will consist of your Report of Findings, where we will discuss the best care that works for you and your body. We will take the time to answer any and all of your questions and if you have any concerns whatsoever, we will be sure to address them so that you feel comfortable and ready to start on your path to better health through specific, scientific chiropractic care. We look forward to meeting all of our new patients and will be waiting for you call.


Thomas Edison Isaac Newton and Beethoven Walk Into a Bar...

Posted: December 18, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

And they all reminisced about how their teachers all thought they were hopeless lost cases because they did poorly in school or music. Would these accomplished individuals have been candidates for Ritalin today? Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible.

In our country, doctors and parents are quick to put their children on the drug Ritalin if they are having difficulty concentrating, are hyper-active or doing poorly in the classroom. However, most of the time the families are not aware of the severe side effects that can stay with their child, even long after stopping taking the drug. The list of side effects is lengthy, but include headaches, bedwetting, nervousness, nausea and blood pressure and pulse changes, just to name a few.

When a child is high energy or struggles to focus in school, it doesn’t mean they should automatically be handed a prescription for Ritalin and be announced “cured”. Looking to Ritalin as the only solution is a lazy and risky decision that should be thought about seriously - preferably before putting your child on a behavior-changing drug. There are better more natural answers out there.

Chiropractic has proven time and time again the power of the body to heal itself. I have continually seen practice members, children and adults alike, who come in for their “hyper” tendencies, and find peace and relaxation after receiving chiropractic care.


There is no template for what a child is supposed to be or act like, so why are schools, doctors and parents turning to Ritalin the second a child steps out of the box? Make the better choice for your child and bring them to Sims Family Chiropractic Care, where we will help find the right solution for you and your family.

Bring in the New Year Happy and Healthy

Posted: December 11, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

By now, you’ve probably hit the ground running for the holidays, which seem to sneak up on us earlier and earlier each year. The holiday season for most people is exciting and something to look forward to, but it can also tend to be stressful as well. So, take a minute to relax and read a few chiropractic tips to keep your holidays stress free and healthy.

There are always a long list of to-dos once the holiday season rolls around. Decorating, buying gifts, cooking for large groups and traveling can all create more anxiety than usual, which can be damaging to your health. When you suffer from stress or anxiety, it causes tension, which can then create unwanted pressure on the nerves in the spine. Pressure or shifts in the spine can cause subluxation and result in other health problems, such as bodily discomfort, headaches, and digestion issues, to name a few.


The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) have put together a list of health tips to help keep you happy and healthy during this busy time. They include:

-       Careful when lifting heavy objects. Packages, firewood, frozen holiday turkeys and large boxes of holiday decorations can all cause strain to your back when lifting and carrying. Remember to lift correctly, with your legs, not your back.

-        If you’re spending a lot of time on your feet for an extended period of time, especially when cooking, elevate one foot with a foot rest or stacked books about six inches from the floor. Alternating each foot can relieve your back and leg muscles.

-        Traveling during the holidays can be very stressful. It’s important to give yourself plenty of rest and extra time to avoid having to run with heavy luggage. Pack light and use well-balanced wheeled luggage so you don’t have to carry heavy loads on your shoulders or back.

-        When traveling use a pillow or folded blanket behind the small of the back to keep the arch in the lower back and support for the body. Sitting on planes or in cars for long hours can create pressure on the discs and joint structures.

-        Get plenty of rest! Fatigue alone can result in many health problems during the holidays.

-        When using a step-stool or ladder for decorating, be careful! Make sure you are stable and never stand on the top step of a tall ladder. There is an increased number of falls during the holidays, resulting in dangerous back injuries.

One of the best tips we can offer you for this, and every, holiday season is to take the time to come in and experience the health support of specific scientific chiropractic care. When your body is operating at optimal levels of health, you will feel the difference, and you will experience your friends, family and the holiday spirit in a more joyful way!


Now that you’ve taken a few minutes to relax and read these tips, go and enjoy the festivities! Happy holidays from everyone at Sims Family Chiropractic Care.

Healthy Spine Healthy Life

Posted: December 1, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

Yes, we are chiropractors. We love to help people discover that their bodies are ready and willing to heal themselves, as long as any interference is removed. As people begin to see how powerful their bodies are, it allows them to trust the innate healing process and rely less on “traditional” methods like medications.


It is normal and acceptable in our society to become sick and go to the doctor and get a prescription. If the first prescription doesn’t work, there’s always another drug to try, and so on and so on. When we follow this path, we are completely giving our power away to “the system” that’s biggest purpose is profits.


The reason the body seems unable to heal itself is because of “blockages” in the nervous system. The spine is the hub of the nervous system. By guiding the body to release the tension in these areas, the body becomes free to heal.


This way of thinking is a drastic change from cultural norms. It may take a while for the idea to flourish in your mind. Want more proof of the amazing ways the body rejuvenates every single day? Read this:

It is Not Just About the Spine

Posted: November 22, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

It is common to think chiropractic care is only needed when the spine is irritated or feels out of alignment. We're here to tell you that chiropractic care is useful for so much more that that.

We have guided countless practice members with widely varying health issues such as allergies, ear infections, migraines, high blood pressure, and stress, into a lifestyle of health and comfort. We understand how the spine, the nervous system, and your body's innate ability to heal works and we get to the root of the issue.

Relief from illness, aches, and distress does not have to be temporary. We have heard from enough of our practice members to know that great results are possible. We want those same great results to happen for you.

Our aim of restoring health for our practice members is achieved by removing interference that is literally blocking your body from providing you with optimum health. Freeing up blockages in the system allows the body to heal naturally - without drugs.

Chiropractic care is not only for back or neck issues. This practice can rebuild strength in nearly any weakened area of the body. Learn more about us here:

Must the Body Break Down?

Posted: November 15, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

Do you think it is inevitable for the body to slowly break down and become ill? We challenge that belief and ask you to consider a different way of thinking.

The vibrant and active lifestyle that you enjoy today can be the same vibrant and active life that you enjoy for years to come. Making yourself and your health a priority is the first step.

Natural, drug-free health care is not as difficult as some people might expect. By eliminating prescription drugs and using chiropractic care, the body begins to heal itself. This leads to increased energy, more movement and flexibility, a stronger immune system, and proper organ functioning.

When you visit Sims Chiropractic you will see for yourself the true benefits of chiropractic care, and how it enables you to live your fullest life. You deserve to have a life without pain or dysfunction. It IS possible to participate in your life with freedom from discomfort.  

Our modern and scientific techniques-combined with your positive outlook and commitment to health can make all the difference for you and for our community.

We encourage you to look at the possibility of taking control of your own health and wellbeing without the use of medicine. Our goal for you is to feel great, naturally, and stay that way. Contact our office today at 970-641-2818 or see


Should We Accept Pain?

Posted: November 14, 2013
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

Startling fact: Over 30 million Americans suffer from discomfort at any given time.

Difficulty in managing discomfort and pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Not feeling great is so prevalent in our modern times that it's actually considered the norm!

Think about this for a moment. When we accept not feeling in prime physical condition all of the time, we are essentially saying “okay” to a life that is not reaching its full potential. We are saying “oh well, that’s life” to discomfort and condemning ourselves to a life full of chronic aches and pains.

The truth is that we should NOT be so accepting of a problem that affects our lives so deeply, especially when there is a solution.

The Root of Pain

Pain is a difficult concept because only you alone can feel it. The only way to describe it is by using words, which are a poor substitute for what you feel inside.

Pain is registered in the nervous system. The sensory nerves send impulses about what is happening in your environment to the brain via the spinal cord. The brain then sends information to the motor nerves to perform actions. Different sensory nerve fibers respond to different stimuli and create chemical responses which determine how the sensations are felt. Some nerves send signals for a light soft touch, others respond to deep or penetrating touch. This entire process happens in milliseconds.

The spinal cord is like the superhighway of the nervous system. It is comprised of a vast complex of nerves which transmit many different kinds of signals to and from the brain in every moment. When the brain receives the pain signal it gets filed into your brain’s “library” and a certain emotion becomes associated with that signal. This is a very simple explanation of course. The process gets more complicated because the pain that is occurring will affect surrounding areas, or other parts of the body system. If you are familiar with referring pain, this is such a case. The pain is actually pointing to another problem somewhere else in the body.

Where one area is suffering, other areas don’t function properly or reach their full potential either. Additionally, when you are feeling discomfort, your mental state is affected too. It is more difficult to concentrate and be present in your daily life.

As chiropractors, we believe that pain should not be assumed normal. We know there are options to relieve it and we can help you discover those options.

Balance in the Key

We too frequently forget the importance of balancing our physical and emotional well-being. We live in a fast paced, over stimulated culture and neglect our physical and mental needs. We easily go days or weeks without listening to the discomfort messages of the body. When we do finally realize that something is wrong we want the fastest remedy available such as prescription drugs. However, once the drug wears off, the cycle begins again.

By taking the time to get chiropractic corrective care you are taking the first step to achieving optimal health for you entire body. Imagine how good you will feel when you are able to live your life without dysfunction and stress. When our bodies are in balance we are able to enjoy the things that are truly important to us-our family, friends, activities, and hobbies.


Together we can determine the root cause of the dysfunction. We can offer long term solutions. If you are ready to live a life of balance and harmony-allowing your body to heal using its innate ability, call 970-641-2818, or contact us through our website at