Chiropractic: Senior Care

The Golden years may be some of the best years, but as we enter these years it’s no surprise that our bodies have aged and changed. Muscles and bones have weakened. Choosing to make health and activity a priority can make the golden years even better! Many seniors face deteriorating bodies over time, the good news is Total Health Chiropractic can help!

If you are already a patient at Total Health Chiropractic then you know that health and safety of our patients is our number one priority! Chiropractic care especially for senior citizens can aid in decreasing the risk for slips and falls, increase mobility, and help restore balance. Our chiropractors are trained to treat the delicate needs of elederly in a gentle, safe, and effective way. We first examine the spine to find subluxations. These subluxations could be the cause of many issues. 

Seniors that struggle with decreasing mobility, chiropractic may be the answer! We can help restore movement and flexibility. Our team creates a custom plan fit to address your unique needs. Many of our senior citizens find after adding chiropractic care to their priority list that they can finally bend down and play with grandkids, enjoy gardening, and increase range of motion. Adjustments lead to increased quality of life no matter your age!

To learn more on how Total Health Chiropractic can help your loved ones, call us at (423) 517-7000

What 3 Sleep Positions Are BEST for Lower Back Pain?!

Do you suffer from low back pain? Don’t worry you are not alone. Lower back pain has been labeled the leading cause for disability across the globe. What’s interesting is that most low back pain isn’t necessarily brought on by a serious medical condition, but rather strain from bad posture, stress, sleeping positions or other bad lifestyle habits.

Below are some excellent low back pain sleeping positions to try!

 

Sleeping on side (Fetal position)

If you have a herniated disc this is the sleep position for you.

Lay on side and tuck knees toward chest and curl torso into knees. Remember to switch sides occasionally to help with imbalances. 

 

Sleeping on side, pillow between knees

If laying on your back flat is uncomfortable try the side life!

Have your right or left shoulder touch the mattress along with the rest of the side of your body. Place a pillow between your knees. If you experience a gap between your waist and the mattress, try adding a small pillow for support. 

 

Sleeping flat on back, pillow under knees

Sleeping on your back may be the only form of relief for your back pain.

Lay flat on your back. Place a pillow under your knees and remember to keep your spine neutral. The pillow is important in that it works to curve your lower back. 

Plantar Fasciitis + Chiropractic

Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that millions of Americans deal with daily. This condition is the result of an inflamed ligament which connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition is often ignored until it becomes debilitating. The good news is that plantar fasciitis can be alleviated by seeing your Total Health Chiropractor! The foundation of our bodies start with our feet. If you are struggling with excruciating heel pain, try giving these stretches a try!

Flexing the foot: Place legs in front of you while sitting in a chair. Use a towel and wrap around your foot. Hold the ends of the towel and point toes away and towards the body. Hold these positions for 5-30 seconds then switch.

Stretch Calves: Stand at arms distance from the wall and place right food behind left. Slowly bend left leg forward. Keep the right knee straight. Hold stretch for 10-30 seconds then release. X3 then reverse legs and repeat.

Foot rolls: Grab any of these items, foam roller, water bottle or frozen can/water bottle. While seated, roll your foot back and forth on the item of choice. Practice this for 60 seconds then switch.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis:

-Pain or stiffness that doesn’t get better

-Pain on bottom of heel or arch of foot

-Pain while standing for long periods of time

-Pain after first steps in morning

-Pain that intensifies when you walk up stairs

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat plantar fasciitis as well as pain management caused by the condition. Adding chiropractic treatments to your plantar fasciitis recovery plan can help you feel better faster while keeping the condition from becoming chronic. Give us a CALL today (423) 517-7000 to schedule your wellness visit.

Chiropractic: What to Bring to Appointment After an Accident

So, you’ve just been in a car accident, and you have scheduled a chiropractic appointment. Now what?! Patients that seek chiropractic care post car accident are looking for a drug free, natural way to repair injuries and better promote overall health. Visiting Total Health Chiropractic once released from hospital/doctor can help aid in the healing process of injuries not detected such as soft tissue damage, migraine disorders and whiplash. Even if it’s the tiniest auto collision, your concern shouldn’t end when leaving the scene. Your vehicle may not show any damage, but our bodies can sustain injury even at the lowest of speeds. Chiropractic care can make recovery faster and get you back to normal activities with less interruption time. 

If a patient has been involved in a car accident you will be asked to bring with you more information than a regular first-time chiropractic adjustment appointment. Below is a guide on what to bring and why.

Insurance Information: When being treated by one of our chiropractors we ask that insurance information be provided to us. Whether this is your personal insurance information, the at-fault driver’s insurance information, or med pay information provided from your auto policy. At Total Health Chiropractic we accept most insurance plans. Call our office today for more information 423-517-7000.

Photo ID: You will need to bring a photo ID to be seen by a chiropractor. It’s essential for us to verify your identity and have a copy of your ID on file.

Attorney Info: If you don’t have an attorney, we can refer you to one. However, if you are already working with one, it is beneficial to provide us with their contact info for us to reach them. The attorney will need to sign a lien with the office granting medical bills to be paid upon settlement of your case. 

Claim #/Police Report: On your first visit post-accident having a copy of the police report can be extremely crucial. We do have many patients however that visit us before the police report is available, and in those cases, we just ask that you provide us with a claim number so that we can obtain the report at a later date. It is important to be seen by a chiropractor as quickly as possible post-accident. If any of the information above is lacking, we always work with our patients to gather missing information on a later date. We do encourage patients to be as prepared as possible when visiting for the first time.

At Total Health Chiropractic, we offer a team of compassionate, and comprehensive chiropractic care for help with injuries that follow car accidents. Our licensed and trained chiropractic team will evaluate your injuries, discuss treatment goals and create a plan of analysis that allows you the best outcome possible. Call one of our 7 Total Health locations today 423-517-7000!

Edible Cookie Dough (Gluten Free)

Ingredients:

¾ cup flour (almond)

1 tbsp and ¼ cup flour (coconut)

½ vanilla bean powder

3 tbsp coconut oil

¼ syrup (maple)

3 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1 tsp sea salt

 

Instructions:

Combine the flours until no clumps present. Add in oil, syrup and vanilla bean powder. Batter should start to form. Add in dark chocolate chips. Roll into small balls and place on wax paper. Refrigerate for 1-3 days the enjoy!

 

4 Chiropractic Stretches for Neck Pain

Our necks are commonly exposed to minor and major injuries. Car accidents, bad posture, text neck, aging, falls, chronic stiffness, the list goes on. Chiropractors are able to often adjust and restore our natural mobility in the neck. However, outside of adjustments, addressing the area on a more daily basis can go even further in your health journey away from pain. Below are 4 stretches that increase flexibility and keep neck movement in check.

 

Side to side: Rotate head to right without any pressure. Hold pose for 15 seconds and then repeat on left side.

Chin to chest: Lower chin forward. Place hands on the back of your head and gently apply pressure for 15 seconds. This is meant to be a gentle stretch. If you feel like your neck is being exerted, you are doing it wrong. 

Arch back: Lead head backwards. This will be a free stretch and doesn’t require added pressure. Hold for 15 seconds. This will stretch front neck muscles. 

Lean: Begin by stretching head towards your shoulder. Keep shoulder straight. The goal is to stretch the muscles in your neck. Hold for 15 seconds then switch sides.

Does Cannabidiol Benefit Your Health?

CBD or Cannabidiol oil has gained momentum in the health and wellness world and there are lots of questions about it. For starters, what is it? It’s a type of cannabinoid. These chemicals are found in marijuana plants which are derived from cannabis. Don’t worry you won’t experience any forms of high or intoxication that’s caused by another well-known cannabinoid called THC. 

CBD has been known to be surrounded by controversy but has had recent growth in awareness surrounding its health benefits. 

Anxiety relief:

CBD has been shown to have the ability to give calming qualities and decrease anxiety and depression. CBD has been studied to help change the way your receptors in your brain respond to serotonin (A chemical linked with mental health). Anxiety is very common and has led to a devastating impact of wellbeing. 

Ease ALS Symptoms

ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a known disease with nerves in our spinal cord and brain that begin to deteriorate. This results in muscle control loss that can worsen over time. Research strongly suggests that those with ALS can benefit from CBD.

Anti-seizure

You may have seen on the news recently how CBD might possibly be a treatment course for individuals who suffer with epilepsy. Research is still in the beginning phases. The American Epilepsy Society stated that cannabidiol research offers us hope for those with seizure disorders. 

Pain Relief

The effects of CBD on our brain’s receptors also aid in pain management. Studies have presented that cannabis offers benefits when taken after a chemotherapy treatment. Other possible clinical studies in the beginning focus on the management of chronic pain, muscle pain, arthritis and spinal cord injuries. 

Acne & Inflammation  

CBD and the effects it can have on our receptors of our immune system may help with inflammation in our bodies, which could in turn help manage acne. A study presented by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD oil stopped activity in our sebaceous glands. These glands can be responsible for sebum, an oily substance that aids in hydrating our skin. An increase in sebum on our skin can lead to acne prone skin.

Insomnia

Helps with falling asleep and staying asleep.

A look at 2021, through our patient’s reviews

In 2021, patients from our Total Health Chiropractic offices sent in an overwhelming number of testimonials about their experiences with chiropractic care in our 7 locations. It has impacted our lives as well as our friends and family!

If you’d like to share your journey with us, please fill out a review on Google. Your journey matters and can have a very real impact on others in search of a solution. Here are a select few of our powerhouse reviews and inspiring stories patients have shared with us. Let’s look at 2021, through our patient’s reviews.

-5 stars all the way!! The whole atmosphere is welcoming. Dr. Chad and the staff are AMAZING! One Monday I had sharp back pains to the point of tears. A friend of mine called Dr. Chads office and made me an appointment with “his” chiropractor, they got me in that same day for X-rays!! After the first session I could tell a HUGE difference! Needless to say, after a month he’s mine and the hubby’s chiropractor now! Thank you, guys, for being awesome!! -Cassie G

-I am only in town for a few days on vacation and my back is out, 1 quick phone call they got me right in even though I was 20 minutes late, adjusted me, very professional, polite and friendly place!! Many blessings!! -Kevin T

-Went here having lower back pain and referred by a friend of mine. I had exams and found out I have a bone spur causing me to have pain. Thanks to the doctor he has made my back feel better.  Thanks, y’all are Great -Michael S

-I was anxious about using a chiropractor but Dr. Chad did a great job of making me feel comfortable and helped me immensely. His office staff are friendly and professional. Great experience. -Tawnia L

-Amazing place! Dr. Chad McKeel is awesome! The staff are super nice and professional! Highly recommend! -Kellie B

-Dr McKeel and staff has really made my life better. You are always greeted with a caring smile. You have a feeling of family; the care is excellent, and the outcome of treatment is wonderful. -Cathy C

-I’ve never had Chiropractic adjustments before I started working here in December 2018! Dr. McKeel is amazing. I came to work for him with a pinched nerve in my lower back and it’s completely gone now! He’s thorough and cares about everyone that walks in our doors. -Danielle C