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Chiropractic care: common questions asked and answered

Doctor explains back pain and chiropractic care with a model of a spine suspended on a rod.

In our chiropractic practice, patients ask a lot of different questions. The most common questions are usually: “What is going on and can you help me?”, “How long will it take?”, and “How much is it going to cost?”. Usually when someone comes to see a chiropractor initially, they are in some sort of pain. When someone is in pain, they usually want the pain to go away quickly and sometimes it does not happen right away. Let’s talk a little about the three questions that most commonly get asked.

The What?

“What is going on?” is a multi-dimensional question because pain is complex. Pain can be caused from many different things and situations Pain can be caused by inflammation, joint dysfunction, muscle strain/sprain, disc herniation, and arthritis and so on, just to name a few. The diagnosis of these issues is most important as that can change how a person will be treated and how we as chiropractors can help. This is one reason why an examination is important. It helps the doctors figure out what is wrong and how to correctly treat it. Chiropractic care can help with many conditions like the ones listed above. There can be a few situations that chiropractic care may not be recommended for but our chiropractors are good at looking for those situations. The ultimate goal should be to help you feel better, move better, be healthier, and be happier.

How long?

When you have pain, people hate this word the most: TIME. When you have pain, everyone wants to feel better the quickest they can and sometimes that is not possible right away. Most conditions didn’t just start over night, and they don’t go away overnight. Many musculoskeletal issues take time to develop and will take time to correct. Even posture and ergonomics takes time to change as it involves breaking habits and creating new ones. It doesn’t matter what the condition or treatment is, things take time to heal.

Everyone has to do their part, including exercise and nutrition for the patient, whereas the providers will perform some soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, or an chiropractic adjustment depending on what the diagnosis is. Compliance is huge when it comes to healing which is why providers make recommendations. Following the recommendations means giving us and your body a few visits over a few weeks to help the situation at hand heal and become stronger.

What cost?

Cost is probably the bigger factor for some people. Insurance or no insurance can affect the cost of treatment. We try to know everyone’s health care benefits before a visit so contact us to see what your benefits may be because we want you to feel better. We are in-network with most insurance companies but do have benefits for the non-insured. Remember, good health means a better you. Bad health and you can not do, move, or focus on anything else.

So the questions “WHAT is going on?”, “HOW long will this take?” and “Cost of this?”, all depend on you and your situation. Try Chiropractic Care today. How we can help you?

What Role Does Food Play in our Health?

Role Does Food Play: variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts displayed in an ornamental fashionThe way you nourish your body influences many different aspects of your health. In fact, you may not even be aware of the ways that your diet might change your health for the better — or worse. Everyone knows that high levels of sugar or lots of bad fat can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions. But what are the other ways that food affects your health, even on a day-to-day basis?

Cardiovascular Disease
You probably know that many types of foods — especially foods that are common in the American diet — put you at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart conditions are among the leading causes of death in the United States. This is not surprising, considering that the average American diet contains a high amount of fatty foods and few heart-healthy foods.
Coronary heart disease occurs when the valves of the heart build up with plaque, narrowing the flow of blood through the organ. This also raises the likelihood of a blood clot forming in the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. Fat and cholesterol-heavy foods are one of the leading culprits in the formation of heart disease.
Foods that contribute to heart disease include animal products like meat (especially red meat) and dairy products. Having a diet high in grains can also contribute to cardiovascular disease.
However, many foods can contribute to better heart health. These include leafy greens, such as spinach; berries; healthy fats, such as avocado and fish; nuts; chocolate; and legumes.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is at least partially genetic. However, the foods that you eat play a significant role in your risk of developing the disease. It is also related to being overweight, which is often related to diet (as well as exercise and genetics).
Diabetes develops at least partially as a result of a diet that is high in fat and sugar and low in fiber. Eating empty-calorie, high-fat meals that are lacking in healthy protein and plant matter cause your pancreas to work less efficiently. Of course, one of the biggest culprits in the development of type 2 diabetes is sugar, especially in the form of desserts, such as cookies, candy, and cake.
However, a number of foods can help you to fight the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you have a genetic disposition to develop the disease, you may want to adjust your diet. The best foods to keep blood sugar levels in check include Greek yogurt, fish, leafy greens, cinnamon, eggs, and nuts. It is also important to eat plenty of fiber to avoid the onset of diabetes.

Obesity
The United States has a high rate of obesity, which can lead to a huge number of health conditions. Obesity has many causes, including genetics, a lack of exercise, and a poor diet. A high-sugar, high-fat diet with too many calories is the quickest way to become obese. However, another crucial factor is your eating habits, which can include when you eat and whether you overeat (including eating when you are not hungry). Obesity can lead to such health conditions as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, stroke, fatty liver disease, and breathing problems.

At Fletcher Chiropractic, we believe that a healthy diet leads to a better quality of life and is likely to increase your lifespan. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for Americans. However, eating a diet full of healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and protein may help to extend your life.

Contact

Fletcher Chiropractic
4300 S 48th St Suite 7 | Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: 402-261-5766 | Fax: 402-261-5943

Office Hours
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Thursday: 8 am – Noon
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm
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