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Chiropractic Care for Your Newborn

Many parents do not realize it, but chiropractic care has benefits for newborns. You heard that right, the same benefits you receive from visiting a chiropractor may help your new born baby. It is no secret that the birthing process is physically demanding on mothers, but a lot of people don’t think about how the process affects the baby. A lot of birth injuries go unnoticed initially, this is due to the fact that some spine injuries may initially be painless, but can have lasting effects for the rest of your child’s life.

In order to determine if your child could benefit from chiropractic care, just bring them in for a visit! Trauma can occur to an infant while exiting the narrow birth canal, and these issues can be compounded if the medical staff used tools to assist in the baby’s birth. This may result in what is called spinal subluxation. Spinal subluxation occurs when one or more spinal vertebrae move out of position, irritating nerves. This is not unlike the reason many adults seek chiropractic care. By adjusting the spine and removing the subluxation, your baby’s body will function normally again and will relieve any stress placed on their nerves.

Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce symptoms in babies related to colic, ear infection, and reflux. If you are a new parent and would like your baby checked for spinal subluxation, or if your baby experiences colic, frequent ear infections, or reflux, call us to day to set up an appointment to see if chiropractic care is right for your baby.

Driver Ergonomics

It’s summer time and with summertime, comes vacations and peak driving times. In peak driving times, we need to be extra aware of other cars including motorcycles on the road and how we are driving ourselves.

We get lots of questions about how to sit when driving because traveling and driving an motor vehicle can cause pain and injuries, when even done for short periods of time. Take a look at the following tips for help in reducing pain and symptoms when traveling.

  •    Know your vehicle

This is good time to know where everything is in your vehicle from your windshield wipers to your buttons to move your seat.  Remember every vehicle is different so it is a good idea to know so you aren’t being a distracted driver.

  • Preparation

This is the time to make sure that you buckle your seat belt, get your shoulder cushion for the seat belt where it needs to be, and get your sunglasses on. Also if traveling but motorcycle, grab your helmet and protective clothing for safety.

  • Adjustments

This is a good time to make sure that your seat is in the right place for you.  Make sure there is enough space between your head and the roof.  Of course, we want you to be able to see properly as well.  Make sure your able to get to the pedals without reaching.

  • Positioning

Make sure the back of the seat is set at around 100 degrees and that there is good lumbar support for your low back.  If your seat does not adjust or provide enough support,  you can use a rolled up towel or a lumbar support.  Do not drive or sit in a “C” shape as it can put additional pressure on your lower lumbar spine.  Use the head rest because it helps support the neck and weight of your head when driving.

Your knees should be about level with your hip but not pointing upwards.  At last, make sure the steering wheel is at least 10 inches away.  10 and 2 positions are best for most drivers but it you have neck or shoulder issues, 8 and 4 may provide the best way to drive for comfort.

  • Movement

Move when you can.  Try not to travel for more than 2 hours sitting down in one position. Try to take rest breaks and keep your body comfortable.

When traveling this summer or any time of the year, keep in mind these helpful tips to reduce pain and fatigue. Enjoy the journey!  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

Chiropractic Care and Your Immunity

 

 

 

One of the beautiful things of chiropractic care is that it goes way above and beyond just fixing your back. After seeing a chiropractor will start to see improvements in other aspects of your life. This is because at the core of chiropractic care, is re-balancing your body. Many people only think of seeing the chiropractor when their back is sore, or they are having shoulder or hip pain, but in reality, there are so many more benefits! One that most people are not aware of is the boost to your immunity that chiropractic care can give.

 

What does chiropractic care have to do with my immune system? Well, chiropractors focus on removing any nerve interference in your spine. What this does is allow your central nervous system to return to its full potential. Your central nervous system regulates and controls every other system in your body and acts as a line of communication from your brain to the rest of your body. What chiropractic care will do is remove any blockages in the lines of communication that will get your nervous system back to full strength. Because of this, many patients will see improvements to other conditions even if they are seeing a chiropractor just for back issues.

 

Since the nervous system controls every other system in your body, that means that it is directly linked to your immune system. When your nervous system detects a problem in your body, etc. Injury or sickness, it deploys to immune system to heal or repair the body. If your nervous system has any blockages or is jammed up with other communications, it can impair its ability to deploy the immune system.

 

Whether you would like treatment for aches and pain in your back, or if you’re interested in all of the other amazing benefits of chiropractic care, give us a call to set up an appointment and see if a chiropractor is right for you!

How You Can Help Improve Your Back Health

If you have been plagued with back pain, you know how frustrating it can be. While chiropractic care is a great way to remedy a lot of back issues, it is best to supplement it with your own back health regiment. Think of it like working out and dieting. If you only workout but maintain an unhealthy diet, you won’t see the results you want. The same is true when it comes to your back’s health. The more you do to keep your back healthy, the better your chiropractic results will be. Here are a few tips on how to improve your back health.

1. Posture
This may take some getting used to, but pay attention to way you sit, walk, and stand. If you maintain poor posture, you may be fatiguing your muscles and putting unnecessary strain on your back.

2. Drink water
This is just a good health tip in general, but especially so when it comes to your back health. Your spinal discs are composed of 80% water. In order to keep these healthy, you need to drink plenty of water.

3. Take your vitamins
Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements will strengthen your bones and increase your back’s stability.

4. Exercise
Like every other muscle group in your body, your core needs to be exercised regularly. Spending your whole day at a desk may affect your back, and getting up to move around or stretch can break up these long periods of inactivity. Be careful not to overdo it though, pulling your back or slipping a disc can set back your progress months. Just be realistic about your exercise goals and your back will thank you for it.

Cracking the mystery of back health is not as hard as it seems. Like most parts of the body, your back just needs some regular attention and exercise, and drinking more water and taking vitamins will help in your overall health. If you have any questions regarding your back health, or would like to set up an appointment, give us a call.

Our Favorite Activities for a Happy, Healthy Spring

Spring is upon us, which means it’s finally time to get back outside! Getting out of that post-winter slump can be difficult, but your mind and body will thank you get back to an active, outdoor lifestyle. These are some of our favorite ways to get you and your family moving again this spring!
 

Camping

Nebraska offers plenty of awesome camping grounds, and many are just a few miles outside of Lincoln! Camping can be a great way to unplug for a weekend or even just get away for a short daycation. You’ll get to spend quality time with your friends and family all while enjoying Mother Nature, just don’t forget the bug spray!
 

Go to the beach

You may not know it, but some of the lakes around Lincoln have some great beach areas to hang out and relax on. Branched Oak and Wagon Train are just minutes from Lincoln and offer swimming beaches, many of which allow pets. Even if it’s still a little too cold to get in the water, a trip to the beach is still a nice way to spend a day out at the lake and let the kids play in the sand.
 

Bike rides

Lincoln has miles and miles of bike paths throughout the city. Chances are there is one that goes right through your neighborhood! Going on a bike ride can be a great way to explore new parts of the city you wouldn’t normally see.
 

Hiking

Many of the parks around Lincoln and the surrounding area have trails to go hiking. Between Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park, Pioneers Park, and more, there are tons of hiking trails to explore, and you might even see some native wildlife!
 

Start a garden

Have you always wanted to eat organically but don’t want to pay the higher prices at the grocery store? Start your own garden! Even if you just grow a few things like peppers or broccoli, you’ll love knowing that you’re eating something you grew yourself. The best part? Most often, home gardening is easier than you think! Gardens can also be a great way to teach your kids responsibility if you put them in charge of watering it.
 

Mini golfing

Get into the competitive spirit and get everyone outside with a round of miniature golf. A trip to the mini-golf is a simple, cost-effective family night!
 

What is the Graston Technique?

The Graston Technique is one of the best soft tissue therapy options available. The Graston Technique uses special equipment to break down scar tissue and fascial (connective tissue) restrictions. The technique uses stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis of chronic inflammation.

The non-invasive instrument is used to comb over and catch on fibrotic tissue which identifies areas of restrictions. Using the Gastron Technique can reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medicine, resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent, and fosters a faster rehabilitation/recovery. The Gastron Technique allows your chiropractor to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet remain sensitive to patient’s pain.

By rubbing over the affected areas, over time the instruments break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique can restore range of motion as well as eliminate any associated pain.

The Gastron Technique can be used to treat a variety of symptoms:

 

  • Achilles Tendinosis/it is
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

 

If you are experiencing any discomfort from a soft tissue injury, or to see if the Gastron Technique might be right for you, please contact us.

What are the Benefits of Acupuncture?

Closeup of hand performing acupuncture therapy on customer's back at salonAcupuncture is a treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine in which needles are placed at specific points of the body to promote natural healing. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s various systems by evoking its natural healing response. By stimulating these systems, acupuncture can help reduce pain, increase sleep, and promote a sense of well-being.

While there are many benefits of acupuncture, some of the most common benefits are:

Relief from migraines and headaches

Acupuncture may provide a lasting solution to frequent headaches. Studies report that acupuncture not only decreased pain, but had a lasting effect.

Improve chronic pain in the neck, back and arthritis pain

Acupuncture can provide a safe alternative to addictive pain medications while providing effective relief.

Treat insomnia

Acupuncture can help you sleep and enhances other sleep treatments.

Improve chemotherapy recovery

Acupuncture stimulates the bodies’ natural healing properties and helps improve immune system responses.

Pregnancy and postpartum health

Acupuncture helps reduce stress and balance hormones during and after pregnancy. Reducing stress prior to labor can help ensure a smooth delivery for the mother and baby. After delivery, the mother’s hormones fluctuate, and acupuncture can help rebalance them.

Acupuncture focuses on specific spots on the human body, called acupoints. These are typically located where nerves enter a muscle, the midway point of a muscle, and where muscles connect to the bone. Acupoints are located along “meridians” that run all along the body, and each meridian can have hundreds of acupoints. Sterile, one-time use needles are placed into these acupoints to promote healing to that specific spot. Because acupuncture can treat such a wide variety of conditions, set up a free consultation with Dr. Curtis Fletcher or Dr. Kadi Fletcher to see if acupuncture is right for you.

Office Posture and Health Benefits

Profile portrait of an irritated young businesswoman woman at the office, feeling her back tired after working at laptop, uncomfortable chair, feeling severe back ache, difficulty sitting

Do you spend your work day behind a desk? If you answered yes you are like millions of Americans toiling away behind a desk every day. You may think that since it is not a physically demanding job that there are no physical side effects of working at a desk. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily true, as most office workers may start to suffer shoulder, back, and joint pain. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can sit your way to a more comfortable lifestyle.

 

 

 

Chair

It all starts with your chair. Choose a chair that conforms to your natural spinal curve. Sit up straight and adjust your chair height so that your feet are resting flat on the ground. Adjust the armrest height so your shoulders are relaxed and arms rest gently at a natural angle.

 

Keyboard and mouse

Place your mouse within easy reaching distance, and on the same surface as your keyboard. While typing and using your mouse, your wrists should be straight, with your hands level to your elbows. If your job involves repetitive typing, try setting up keyboard shortcuts to minimize strenuous repetitive motion. If possible, invest in an ergonomic keyboard.

 

Telephone

If using the phone is integral to your job, make sure it is close at hand, and if possible use a headset. Avoid constantly cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear, as this places unneeded stress on your neck.

 

Footrest

If your desk is too high, requiring you to raise your chair, get a footrest so that your feet can rest flat. If a footrest is unavailable try a small stool, or a stack of paper or books.

 

Monitor

The best monitor placement is directly in front of you, at eye level, and an arm’s length away. Avoid straining your neck to look up or down at a monitor.

 

 

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5 Ways to Naturally Enhance Your Mood

Woman smiling as sun shines from behind herLife got you down in the dumps lately? You’re not alone. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of Americans are affected by mild SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), or depression that follows the seasons, and another 20 million suffer from some form of clinical depression. Aside from taking medication, there are several ways to boost your mood on your own. Check out these easy ways to naturally enhance your mood and feel more positive throughout the day:

 

  • Listen to happy music. Research suggests that cheerful music can naturally enhance your mood, so long as you don’t overthink it and avoid asking yourself, “Am I happy yet?” while listening. Make a playlist of some of your favorite upbeat songs, throw on some headphones, and let yourself fully enjoy the music.
  • Exercise. Going for a run or heading to the gym is usually the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling down, but it’s proven that exercise causes the brain to release endorphins and other “happy” chemicals. Know that your workout doesn’t have to be vigorous- a leisurely walk or other mild exercises can still substantially improve your mood.
  • Get some sunlight. Without enough exposure to the sun, your serotonin levels can drop, causing you to feel depressed. It can be hard to expose yourself to enough sunlight in the winter when the days are short and nights are long, so head outside on your lunch break and take advantage of moments that can be spent in the daylight. Of course, too much sun can be dangerous, so always protect yourself with sunscreen. Shoot for about 20 minutes a day for healthy Vitamin D levels.
  • Declutter/organize. Cleaning up, getting rid of old junk, or even just organizing your desk can instantly make you feel happier. Clutter and messes remind us of things that should be getting done but are not, which leads one to feel overwhelmed or like a failure. Decluttering can just mean going through your closet or tidying up the living room (not necessarily devoting a full day to cleaning). Even a small organization task is enough to lift your mood for some time.
  • Change your diet. The foods you consume have a substantial effect on how you feel throughout the day. To improve your mood, avoid over consumption of processed carbohydrates, flours, sugars, and other “white” foods. Conversely, foods like salmon, walnuts, red meat, dark chocolate, and seaweed are said to improve energy levels and regulate mood.
  • Get Adjusted. Being in natural alignment can help reduce stress and muscle tension, allowing your body to feel better and reduce any symptoms of depression.

If you experience occasional, seasonal, or even clinical depression and natural remedies are not enough, consider chiropractic care to improve your mood and mental health. Chiropractic can relieve mild to chronic pain and correct movement restrictions or mis-alignments that affect the nervous system, both of which are linked to improved mood. To determine if chiropractic is right for you, set up a consultation with Fletcher Chiropractic today!

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
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Tuesday1PM – 6PM
Thursday2PM – 6PM

Testimonials

Being from a small town, I love mom and pop shops.  I like the personal level and hands-on approach that Fletcher Chiropractic takes when it comes to chiropractic care. Fletcher Chiropractic was very personable and ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I am very active but hampered by lower back pain.  It prohibited me from participating in firefighter training.Following Treatment:  I am back to doing everything I love without the restriction of pain. Fletcher Chiropractic taught ...
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 ...
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 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.
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