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Stress Management

stressStress is, unfortunately, pretty much everywhere and, even more, affects pretty much everyone. And, while there are times that stress can benefit us by improving performance or helping us to focus it is, by and large, not a great thing to have in our lives. That’s because stress can cause (or make worse) a whole host of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, hypertension (high blood pressure), and heart attacks…just to name a few.
So, how do we handle stress? How do we get it under control? Well, the first step is to really analyze your current situation so that you can pinpoint where your stress is coming from (Work? Money? Relationship issues?, etc). Once you’ve identified your stressors, you’ll need to figure out ways to remove them from your life AND work towards replacing them with a healthy alternative.
You can start the process by:
  • Thinking Positive – We know, we know. It’s a lot more difficult than it sounds – especially when we’re surrounded by negativity all day long. However, it can be done! By retraining your brain to focus on the good as opposed to the bad in any given situation you can reduce your stress immensely.
  • Focusing on YOU – This is a big one, and yet it’s something we so often push to the side. But, by spending just 10 to 20 minutes each day in personal reflection/meditation – relaxing and concentrating on YOU – you can help re-center your focus and de-stress your day. For some individuals this means sitting by the fire with a cup of tea; for others, it involves time outdoors in the garden or on a walk.
  • Human Interaction and Touch – So much of our lives are lived “virtually” these days that we often go long periods of time with no human touch whatsoever. And, you know what? THAT’S NOT GOOD FOR US! Hug your spouse, significant other, children, friends, family, etc – it will benefit you both! See a masseuse – the therapeutic properties of regular massage (pain relief, a reduction in anxiety and depression, better sleep, etc) have been proven time and again over the years.
And, of course, see your chiropractor! Your chiropractor is tasked with ensuring that your body is functioning at its fullest potential – that it’s been adjusted properly and is performing at its best. A body that’s working properly will be able to respond to stressful situations (when they do occur) much better than a body that’s not at its best.
If you’re interested in making chiropractic care a part of your stress management, please don’t hesitate to give Fletcher Chiropractic a call!

Shingles and Chiropractic Care

356580557-back-pain-neck-nape-spinal-column-headacheIf you – or someone you know – has ever had shingles, you’re acutely aware of just how painful the condition is. But, how much do you really know about it? Le
t’s take a few minutes to review what causes shingles, how shingles affect the body, and how chiropractic care can help.

First things first – what is shingles? Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the exact same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you’ve had chicken pox – even after you’ve recovered – the virus remains in your body, dormant. The virus lies within the nerve tissues surrounding your spinal cord and brain. Years later (typically decades later) the virus can reactivate as shingles.

So, how does shingles affect the body? Well, shingles is a viral infection that causes a very painful rash. And, although the rash can appear anywhere on the body, it tends to most often present as a stripe of blisters that wrap around one side of the torso, following the path of a nerve. When an individual experiences an outbreak, they will notice raised blisters on the skin and, even though this condition isn’t something that’s life-threatening, it is extremely painful – sometimes debilitatingly so.

Now, there’s probably a very good chance that you’ve never given shingles more than a passing thought – and probably only after seeing a commercial on TV. With that said, if you even wind up having to deal with shingles we can pretty much guarantee that they’ll be the ONLY thing on your mind (and that’s not a good thing!).

This is where chiropractic care comes into play. Since chiropractic care focuses on the spine and nervous system, it only makes sense that a chiropractor could help with the treatment of shingles. And, even better, seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis may even help you avoid the condition altogether. By keeping our immune system and nervous system healthy and working correctly there’s a chance that we can avoid having to suffer through a bout of shingles altogether. If you do wind up with an outbreak of shingles, your chiropractor can help alleviate some of the nerve pressure that is causing the shingles to appear.

Because of the fact that the shingles virus damages nerve fibers, it’s extremely important that you seek treatment at the first signs of an outbreak. There are a variety of different treatment options when it comes to caring for – or hopefully preventing altogether – shingles. Let the doctors here at Fletcher Chiropractic help you work towards your healthiest self possible so that you can do your part in preventing this painful ailment.

Contact

Fletcher Chiropractic
Phone: 402-261-5766
Fax: 402-261-5943

Lincoln Location
4300 S 48th St Suite 7
Lincoln, NE 68516

Valparaiso Location
208 W 2nd St
Valparaiso, NE 68065

Office Hours

After Hours til 7 and Saturday Appts. Available
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Monday - Wednesday8AM – 5:30PM
Thursday8AM – 12PM
Friday8AM – 4:30PM
Saturday/SundayBy Appt/Closed
.............Valaparaiso........
Tuesday1PM – 6PM
Thursday2PM – 6PM

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Life was good but my condition was bad.  I lead a very active lifestyle with weightlifting, judo, etc and along with my job, the pressure on my back was incredible.  My movement was restricted and ...
I stopped doing things I enjoyed, like working out.  I felt limited in my activities and sleeping was becoming an issue with my neck pain.Following treatment: Its so much better. I can workout, take long ...
I experienced chronic pain in my right foot from heel spurs.  Orthotics were not enough to correct the problem.  After 6 months of not sleeping well and associated problems of fatigue, I sought help at ...
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I was in a mental fog.  I couldn't think or concentrate and was not doing well.Following acupuncture treatment: I am much better. My mind is clear and my work performance has improved. Julie A.
My pain has been with me since 1996 and my feet and legs were totally painful.  Walking is like walking on glass or nails and then the burning pain in my toes would start.Following acupuncture ...
Life was manageable.  As a runner, I was able to run without issue, but not without tightness and occasional pain.  Throughout the day, perhaps 2-3 days a week, my knee, calf, and shin experienced significant ...
Working with Dr. Kadi has changed my life. Before going to her, I was stiff and had pain in my neck, back, hips, legs and feet.Following Treatment: Working problem areas and doing exercises she has ...
Life was very painful.  I never felt good and medications really have not helped.Following Treatment: I am much improved but I still recognize my limitations and I need to make more lifestyle changes to make ...
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