Sims Chiropractic Blog en-us NYK RSS Feeder Jump In The Water Is Warm Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:03:55 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 307px; height: 205px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;\" />Are you new to chiropractic? If so, you&rsquo;ve likely heard good things about it from friends and co-workers. However, you may still wonder if it is right for you. We understand your concern and applaud you for wanting to make an educated decision regarding your health. Both Dr. Jacob and Dr. Laura started their chiropractic journey by asking the same types of questions that you are likely asking.</p> <p>We encourage you to do your research. You&rsquo;ll learn that chiropractic is used for a wide range of conditions, ranging from basic back and neck problems, to more serious concerns like digestive, headaches, allergies and stress. The applications (and relief) are endless. Chiropractic is effective, practical, and provides better results than traditional medicine.</p> <p>At Sims Family Chiropractic Care, we strongly believe that the body is meant to heal naturally. The following article from the American Chiropractic Association provides several examples of real-life applications of chiropractic adjustment. We hope you&rsquo;ll find the article helpful: <a href=\";T2ID=61&amp;T3ID=150\">;T2ID=61&amp;T3ID=150</a></p> <p><strong>When you are ready, jump on in &mdash; the water is warm!</strong></p> Migraine Challenge Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:48:40 -0500<p align=\"right\"><em>Insanity: doing the same thing over and<br /> over again and expecting different results.</em></p> <p align=\"right\">-Albert Einstein</p> <p>Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows how debilitating it can be. Unlike an everyday headache, migraines are extremely intense and may often linger for hours. Unfortunately, scientists don&rsquo;t know the exact cause of migraines. However, research has shown that there are certain triggers that can cause blood vessel dilation in the brain, resulting in painful migraines.</p> <p><strong><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 178px; height: 134px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;\" />We have a challenge for you. </strong>The next time you feel a migraine coming on, make an appointment to see your chiropractor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, doing what you&rsquo;ve done in the past isn&rsquo;t going to work. Medications might dull the pain, but they don&rsquo;t get to the root cause of the problem.<br /> <br /> A chiropractic adjustment will clear the interference and allow your body to heal from the inside out. To learn more about how chiropractic is improving migraine care, read the following article: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Chiropractic Health In Colorado Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:43:56 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 309px; height: 205px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />Many people strongly believe that Colorado is one of the best places in the country to call home. There are many reasons for Colorado&rsquo;s popularity, including: the beauty of changing seasons, seemingly unlimited days of sunshine, graduation rates, and overall health of residents.</p> <p>At Sims Family Chiropractic Care, our goal is to make Colorado even healthier. In fact, our mission is to save Colorado one chiropractic member at a time so that our entire community is living natural, healthy drug-free lives. We hope that everyone in the Gunnison and surrounding areas will join us.</p> <p>Dr. Jacob and Dr. Laura believe that the body is meant to naturally heal itself from the inside out. This is not going to happen by sitting and doing nothing, and it&rsquo;s not going to happen by popping pills.</p> <p>Too often, if we have discomfort or dysfunction, our first reaction is to &ldquo;treat&rdquo; it as quickly as possible so we can keep on moving through our busy lives. However, masking the problem isn&rsquo;t a solution and will result in bigger issues down the road.</p> <p>True healing works above, down and inside out. Through chiropractic adjustment, you can take complete control of your health and release the problems that are causing interference and dysfunction. Our approach to Specific Scientific Chiropractic Care has helped thousands of members regain optimum health and has allowed them to live drug-free lives. See what we can do for you and your family. Visit us online: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Ya’ Might Need A Chiropractor Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:09:38 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 282px; height: 274px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;\" />As chiropractors, we visit with all sorts of people every day. Some are longstanding practice members, and others are visiting for the first time and are just learning about chiropractic care.</p> <p>For those that are new to our practice, we like to go through an orientation, of sorts. Our goal is to educate the Gunnison community on the many benefits of principled chiropractic care. While the art and science of chiropractic has been around for over 100 years, it is just recently reaching the masses in Western medicine. Why now? Educated people are becoming more interested in holistic and natural ways to care for their bodies.</p> <p>To follow Jeff Foxworthy&rsquo;s style, we thought it would be fun to put together a short list of reasons to visit, and visit often. We hope it&rsquo;s helpful (and fun).</p> <ul> <li>If you have asthma affecting your breathing, and your blocked airflow isn&rsquo;t easing - it&rsquo;s time to visit a chiropractor.</li> <li>If your baby has earache pain, and you&rsquo;re sleep-deprived/going insane - now would be a good time to bring your child to a chiropractor.</li> <li>If you want to live interference free, and be the best that you can be - it&rsquo;s time to see a chiropractor.</li> <li>If blood pressure is causing you stress, and you are under duress - it&rsquo;s time to call your chiropractor.</li> <li>If you&rsquo;re pregnant and want a natural birth, don&rsquo;t wait until you&rsquo;ve reached full girth - now would be a real good time to see your chiropractor.</li> <li>If you feel great, and wish to continue in that state - it&rsquo;s always time to visit your chiropractor.</li> </ul> <p>As you can see, your overall health can benefit from a visit to your chiropractor. The benefits of natural chiropractic adjustment are endless.</p> <p>To learn more about the science-based care provided by Sims Family Chiropractic, please visit: <a href=\"\"></a></p> 4 Phases of Vertebral Subluxations Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:05:20 -0500<p>Discomfort and health issues are usually the result of years and years of wear and tear on the body. Think about some of the stress we&rsquo;ve caused: childhood bumps, scrapes, bruises and falls; years of physical impact on our joints; sitting for hours in front of a computer; lifting improperly; and emotional stress. Collectively, life just takes a toll.</p> <p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 292px; height: 292px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />The spine is like a super highway from the brain to the rest of the body. Over the years, our active (and even inactive) lifestyle can wreak havoc on our spinal nervous system. Any type of interference along the way and the body will dysfunction, causing various health issues. &nbsp;The scientific name for this problem is called a <strong>vertebral subluxation</strong>.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s possible for vertebral subluxations to go unnoticed and ignored for many years, decades even. However, over time, the damage will get worse. It&rsquo;s important to understand and be mindful of the warning signs. Here are the four phases of spinal subluxation:</p> <p><strong>Subluxation - Phase One</strong></p> <p>During phase one, there is often a change or loss of the curve in the neck as well as slight changes to the space between the discs of the spine. Unfortunately, all subluxation issues start with phase one, which can go undetected for up to 20 years. Ongoing visits to a principled chiropractor for regular adjustments are recommended to stop subluxation from reaching phase two.</p> <p><strong>Subluxation - Phase Two</strong></p> <p>Individuals with phase two begin to notice issues with discomfort, dysfunction and limited range of motion. By the time a person reaches phase two, their subluxation has gone on for 20-40 years. Over that time, the space between spinal discs has changed. Also, x-rays will show calcium deposits in the form of spurs or arthritis. Immediate care is needed at this point. Otherwise, degeneration will continue to lead to phase three.</p> <p><strong>Subluxation - Phase Three</strong></p> <p>Phase three occurs when problems have been left uncorrected for 40 to 65 years. The signs are the same as phase one and two -- however, more severe. By stage three, the curvature of the spine is noticeable because there is a significant decrease in the space between discs. There is also an advanced growth of calcium buildup. Unfortunately, individuals in phase three often have major restrictions in their range of motion as well as a great amount of discomfort. Finally, if this is not corrected, it advances to phase four.</p> <p><strong>Subluxation - Phase Four</strong></p> <p>By phase four, a subluxation has been left untreated for over 65 years. A person in this situation is in extreme discomfort and is unable to function well. Subluxation that reaches phase four likely results in a severe amount of nerve damage because little to no space remains between vertebrae, and the curvature of the spine or neck is completely changed.</p> <p>As you might expect, individuals in phase four subluxation have an abundant amount of health issues. Unfortunately, complete correction may not be possible. However, adjustments should be considered to at least give some reduction in symptoms and discomfort.</p> <p><strong>Take Action Today</strong></p> <p>As you can see, subluxation is not something that you want to ignore. In fact, because some symptoms may appear invisible for years, it&rsquo;s important to seek ongoing chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractor will carefully evaluate your body and provide appropriate adjustments that will keep you from moving down the chain of subluxation.</p> <p>Make time to care for your spinal nervous system. Schedule an appointment with Sims Family Chiropractic Care today! <a href=\"\"></a></p> Ask The Experts Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:43:06 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 279px; height: 333px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />When it comes to principled chiropractic care, there&rsquo;s a lot to learn. Knowledge, as they say, is power. But what is the best way to learn more? There are a lot of resources available. However, make sure you are asking the right questions to people you trust.</p> <p>For information on an array of topics related to chiropractic adjustment and its benefits, visit: <a href=\"\"></a></p> <p>Some of the topics include:</p> <ul> <li>Benefits for athletes</li> <li>Cost-benefits vs. other choices</li> <li>Why should children see a chiropractor regularly?</li> <li>Benefits to expectant mothers</li> <li>Benefits to seniors</li> <li>Definition and risks of subluxation</li> <li>and more!</li> </ul> <p>An interactive slideshow with more helpful information can be found at: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Fountain of Youth Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:58:12 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 250px; height: 166px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;\" />Many Americans are very concerned with reversing the sands of time. If cosmetic sales are any indication, our culture is completely obsessed by the idea. In 2010, Americans spent more than $54 billion dollars to improve their looks in an attempt to look younger. Do you ever wonder what all those chemicals, dyes and packaging are doing to our bodies and the planet?</p> <p>There is a better way. Scientists report that chiropractic adjustment is linked to a reduction in the amount of oxidative stress on the body. In layman&rsquo;s terms, visiting your chiropractor is an all-natural form of treating signs of aging.</p> <p>How does this happen? The human body is designed to rebuild itself from the damage it withstands. Kind of an &ldquo;autocorrect&rdquo; of sorts. Principled chiropractic adjustments help improve this ability.</p> <p>The next time you are wanting to reverse the sands of time, consider unlocking your fountain of youth the natural way - make an appointment with a scientifically-based chiropractor. By removing the neurological interference, you&rsquo;ll look and feel better.</p> <p>More information regarding your body&rsquo;s natural ability to look younger at any age can be found at: <a href=\"\"></a></p> The Truth About Alignment Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:54:05 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 250px; height: 166px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />Many misconceptions continue to circulate regarding chiropractic care. Did you realize that chiropractic adjustment goes deeper than back or neck pain? Principled chiropractic care actually helps your overall health. At Sims Chiropractic, we believe in finding the root cause instead of simply treating the symptoms.</p> <p>Consider this&hellip; Our spine is like a complicated array of wires in a computer&rsquo;s hard drive. Our nerves serve as communication transmitters between our brain (or hard drive) and the rest of our body (monitor, printer, software applications). If our nervous system isn&rsquo;t functioning properly we start to have health issues (computer slows down, crashes, won&rsquo;t print, refuses to run software efficiently). These problems surface in the form of: backaches, digestive problems, leg cramping, migraines, or ear infections. Even symptoms of stress, allergies, and colds can be treated through spinal adjustments that release nerve interference.</p> <p>One of the most inspiring aspects of regular and ongoing chiropractic care is that it releases the body&rsquo;s natural, innate ability to heal itself. Much like the reset button on the computer will help optimize the machine&rsquo;s performance, chiropractic adjustment will remove interference and improve your performance, health and quality of life.</p> <p>If you are ready to improve your body&rsquo;s performance the natural way, contact our office for a consultation. You&rsquo;ll be happy you did!<br /> Together we will develop a program specific to your body&rsquo;s needs. Click here to find out what to expect on your first visit: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Dinner With Gunnison Doctors Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:50:23 -0500<p>Most people will never have an opportunity to partake in a delicious meal with their doctor. However, Sims Chiropractic isn&rsquo;t like other doctor&rsquo;s offices. Dr. Jacob and Dr. Laura are fully invested in the lives of their practice members. So much, in fact, that &ldquo;Dinner with the Doctors&rdquo; is a regular opportunity.</p> <p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 224px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;\" />Dr. Jacob and Dr. Laura enjoy hosting &ldquo;Dinner with the Doctors&rdquo; because the events provide a relaxed environment for them to share their passion for natural healing, answer questions, and discuss some of the best practices in principled chiropractic care. Practice members love these events because it&rsquo;s a chance to invite other like-minded individuals to learn about the healing power of a well-adjusted lifestyle.</p> <p>The December dinner was a great success! Guests filled up on a healthy and delicious array of holiday fare and had an opportunity to get to know our docs better. Both Doctor Jacob and Doctor Laura are passionate and well respected leaders in the Gunnison chiropractic community and they enjoy sharing their knowledge.</p> <p>As principled chiropractors, both Dr. Jacob and Dr. Laura are constantly seeking better ways to help improve the lives of their practice members. The dinner provides a perfect opportunity for them to share this passion and knowledge with Gunnison community. We hope you will consider joining us at one of our future &ldquo;Dinner with the Doctor&rdquo; events.</p> <p>The next dinner opportunity will be announced soon. Please keep an eye on our website for details. Space tends to fill up quickly so check back often as you&rsquo;ll want to be one of the first to respond to secure your reservation.<br /> In the meantime, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your health goals with Dr. Jacob or Dr. Laura directly: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Choose Health in 2014 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:30:13 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 327px; height: 308px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />Happy New Year! It&rsquo;s a wonderful time to ponder the possibilities for 2014. For our practice members, a new year confirms and refreshes an ongoing commitment to making healthy choices for the mind and body throughout the year. Health won&rsquo;t happen by chance. Simply stated, health is a choice.</p> <p>As principled chiropractors, we want to help the Gunnison community move past health issues, turn away from over medicating, and provide the opportunity for folks to transcend feeling &ldquo;okay&rdquo; by taking steps to feel fantastic! If you are ready to make health an intentional choice by committing to a proven process, we are here to partner with you on your journey.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it, life can be stressful. Between work, family, commitments and finances - stress is bound to be part of the equation. One of the most important choices you can make in 2014 is to keep stress in check. Stress contributes to spinal subluxation - which leads to illness. Subluxation refers to the mechanical compression and irritation to the joints of the spine and nerves. Among other factors, subluxations are caused by trauma, poor posture, or increased chemical and emotional stresses. Stress can absolutely trigger a host of problems in the body. A regular visit to Sims Chiropractic can help.</p> <p>Our practice members know that maintaining corrective care throughout the year is important for feeling their best. Why? Regular chiropractic adjustments normalize spinal nerve flow to proper resting levels. This is very important to the healing process. It&rsquo;s a natural way to ward off the negative impact of stress on your system.</p> <p>Subluxations manifest as physical stress on the mechanics of the body. They increase the sympathetic tone, and cause the body to re-route its energy toward the fight or flight system. (You know, the adrenaline-rush that comes from anger or fear? That is a physical symptom that your fight or flight system is taking over...) Ongoing chiropractic care can minimize this response.</p> <p>With regular visits, practice members ward off the degenerative effects of spinal subluxations. Without ongoing adjustments, subluxations may lead to osteoarthritis and overworked adrenal glands, lowered immunity, decreased digestive functions, fatigue and blood pressure disturbances (among others). These are all solid reasons that practice members visit us regularly.</p> <p>A new year is a great time to commit to improved health. In 2014, the best gift for you and your loved ones is to maintain optimal body structure. Taking proper care of your body helps extend longevity and enables you to fully enjoy your blessings and life.</p> <p>As you consider your goals for 2014, remember that health is a choice. If you take care of your body&rsquo;s structure, you&rsquo;ll have more endurance for the workouts, more bandwidth for the work and family commitments, and more zeal to counteract your stress&hellip; Better alignment leads to better health. You&rsquo;ll see the rewards in everything you do.</p> <p><strong>Practice Member Testimonial:</strong></p> <p style=\"margin-left:.5in;\"><em>Before coming to Sims Chiropractic, I felt like fatigue and stress were normal. I felt run down. After regular chiropractic care, I feel better. I have a good vibe emanating out of me. Sims Chiropractic has been warming. Everyone is nice and I love it. I&rsquo;m happy and Sims Chiropractic is a lot of the reason why. -Jackson</em></p> <p>For more member testimonials, visit: <a href=\"\"></a><br /> If you wish to learn more about how scientifically-based chiropractic care can improve your health in 2014, contact our office today! We are eager to help you on your journey: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Diabetes and Chiropractic Breakthrough Discoveries Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:52:20 -0500<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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</p> <p><a href=\"\"></a></p> Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy Is It Right for You? Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:51:31 -0500<p>Congratulations! Finding out that you&rsquo;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.</p> <p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 250px; height: 167px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />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.</p> <p>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:</p> <p>- controlling symptoms of nausea</p> <p>- reducing time of labor and delivery</p> <p>- relieving back, neck or joint pain</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href=\"\"></a></p> Your First Visit With No Surprises Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:20:36 -0500<p>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&rsquo;s a new dentist, doctor, or chiropractor, most of the time you really don&rsquo;t know what to expect, even if you were recommended from a friend or family member.</p> <p>We want you to feel at ease even before you walk through the door for your first visit. If you&rsquo;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&rsquo;re doing while we&rsquo;re doing it.</p> <p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 200px; height: 133px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;\" />For your first visit, we&rsquo;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href=\"\"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thomas Edison Isaac Newton and Beethoven Walk Into a Bar... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:18:16 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 200px; height: 229px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />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&rsquo;s entirely possible.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>When a child is high energy or struggles to focus in school, it doesn&rsquo;t mean they should automatically be handed a prescription for Ritalin and be announced &ldquo;cured&rdquo;. 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.</p> <p>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 &ldquo;hyper&rdquo; tendencies, and find peace and relaxation after receiving chiropractic care.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href=\"\"></a></p> Bring in the New Year Happy and Healthy Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:08:21 -0500<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 250px; height: 165px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />By now, you&rsquo;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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:</p> <p>- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;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.</p> <p>- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If you&rsquo;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.</p> <p>- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Traveling during the holidays can be very stressful. It&rsquo;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&rsquo;t have to carry heavy loads on your shoulders or back.</p> <p>- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;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.</p> <p>- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Get plenty of rest! Fatigue alone can result in many health problems during the holidays.</p> <p>- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that you&rsquo;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.</p> Healthy Spine Healthy Life Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:29:38 -0500<p dir=\"ltr\" id=\"docs-internal-guid-2dfd4c14-b0ea-9a17-dfd9-72c80665928e\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\"><span style=\"font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 130px; height: 195px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;\" />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 &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; methods like medications.</span></p> <p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\">&nbsp;</p> <p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\"><span style=\"font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;\">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&rsquo;t work, there&rsquo;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 &ldquo;the system&rdquo; that&rsquo;s biggest purpose is profits.</span></p> <p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\">&nbsp;</p> <p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\"><span style=\"font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;\">The reason the body seems unable to heal itself is because of &ldquo;blockages&rdquo; 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.</span></p> <p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\">&nbsp;</p> <p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;\"><span style=\"font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;\">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:</span><a href=\"\" style=\"text-decoration:none;\"><span style=\"font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;\"> </span><span style=\"font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;\"></span></a></p> It is Not Just About the Spine Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:03:40 -0500<p>It is common to think chiropractic care is only needed when the spine is irritated or feels out of alignment. We&#39;re here to tell you that chiropractic care is useful for so much more that that.</p> <p>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&#39;s innate ability to heal works and we get to the root of the issue.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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: <a href=\"\"></a></p> Must the Body Break Down? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:58:56 -0500<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. &nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <a href=\"\"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Should We Accept Pain? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:58:38 -0500<p><strong><em>Startling fact: Over 30 million Americans suffer from discomfort at any given time.</em></strong></p> <p>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&#39;s actually considered the norm!</p> <p>Think about this for a moment. When we accept not feeling in prime physical condition all of the time, we are essentially saying &ldquo;okay&rdquo; to a life that is not reaching its full potential. We are saying &ldquo;oh well, that&rsquo;s life&rdquo; to discomfort and condemning ourselves to a life full of chronic aches and pains.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>The Root of Pain</strong></p> <p><img alt=\"\" src=\"\" style=\"width: 200px; height: 266px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: right;\" />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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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&rsquo;s &ldquo;library&rdquo; 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.</p> <p>Where one area is suffering, other areas don&rsquo;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Balance in the Key</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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 <a href=\"\"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>