• Do you suffer with pain most days?
  • Have you been told the pain is “in your head” or to just “push through” the pain?
  • Are you hard on yourself for not being able to do the things you use to?
  • Are simple tasks such as cleaning, shopping, and cooking become such chores that they often go uncompleted?
  • Do you find that family, friends, and co-workers don’t understand what you are going through?

Living a life of chronic pain is not easy. If your pain is not visible on the surface then it is difficult for family, friends and co-workers to understand what you are going through. We are here to help chronic pain sufferers gain a bit of control back to their lives.

Tip 1: Water intake

Yes, I know it sounds easy and too simple to be helpful, but do not discount the power of fresh, clean water. People often find that if they consume a lot of water on a consistent basis it does help flush out excess toxic build up and reduce widespread inflammation. Just try it for 30 days before you disagree.

Tip 2: Vitamin D

There is so much research to validate the importance of supplementing with a high quality Vitamin D. We do not get enough here in Minnesota during these winter months. Not only is it good for reducing inflammation but it may enhance mood as well.

Tip 3: Ditch the gluten

No pasta, no bread, no wheat – Oh my!

It may sound hard to cut this out of your diet, but it is harder to live with chronic pain.

Tip 4: Dairy too

Many people have difficulty with dairy products as well as gluten. Try eliminating cheese, milk, and yogurt for an extended period of time to let your body reduce inflammation.

Tip 5: Sugar, Sugar

Can you believe I am also going to recommend ditching the sugar as well? This includes all refined sugar found in sweets and junk food. But it goes well beyond that – sugar is hidden in most packaged foods. Salad dressings, condiments, sauces of all kinds. One of the best resources I have found is Vinnie Tortorich’s No Sugar, No grain diet.  

Tip 6: Chiropractic Care

Of course, a chiropractor is going to tell someone to check out chiropractic for chronic pain. But let me tell you why it is essential. The nervous system controls all functions of the body- the heart, the lungs, the digestive system, the muscular system. When there is irritation on the nervous system the body cannot heal properly. Medications only mask symptoms and pain is just a symptom that needs to be dealt with.

If you have not considered chiropractic then you are missing one of the key components to improving your quality of life. Don’t you deserve to try it for yourself? I am so confident it will make a difference for you that you can try our office for free. Free consult, Free exam, One Free Treatment!

Just mention that you read this article and I will do everything in my power to help you feel better, function better, and perform better. Call Dr. Desiree Van Bogart today 763-205-6192.


What you need to know to get your medical bills paid after an auto accident.Mn is a no-fault state.

Meaning any medical bills related to your accident will be paid be your auto insurance no matter what happened in the accident. This allows you to get care quickly without worrying who is going to cover the cost.

But there are some rules you must follow in order to get your medical bills covered.

First, you do not need a referral to come see us at Desired Health Chiropractic. The sooner you come in for an examination the easier your auto case is usually processed. If you delay treatment the insurance company may try to make sure the injuries are not related to the collision.

Second, pain relievers may be necessary for a few days after an accident but muscle relaxers are dangerous! When the body experiences trauma from a car accident, the muscles tighten up to protect the nerves in the back and neck. If you take a medication that relaxes the muscles you may do further, permanent damage!

Third, don’t discount the pain. Injuries that are left untreated virtually always turn into chronic pain issues in the future. If you don’t take care of them now, the insurance company will not cover them in the future. That also holds true for any children in an accident as well. They may not complain or relate their issues to the accident so be an advocate for them and make sure to address any problems right away.

Most importantly, don’t wait to get checked out, after even a minor accident. Some whiplash symptoms don’t cause issues for 2-6 weeks after an accident. Some symptoms from car accidents are weird, such as unexplained knee pain or wrist pain that starts a couple weeks after your collision.

At Desired Health Chiropractic we are experts at what we do, and we will walk you through the entire process. Our goal is to help you feel better, heal stronger, and to take the stress out the insurance process.

Call us today to get all your questions answered by an expert- 763-205-6192.

Essential tips to get rid of snow with grace and ease….or at least so you don’t injure yourself!

Why do we live in Minnesota? Because we LOVE the snow!!!

Ok, that is not true. So what do we do about huge snowfall messes? We put together a few tips about snow and shoveling to help you out.

Tip 1: Don’t twist and shout!

Push smaller sections of snow to the side before trying to lift and swing it out of your way. If you have a pile to move make sure you can tackle it head on instead of rotating your body repeatedly.

Tip 2: Don’t go easy

Start with the biggest and heaviest spots first, like at the end of your driveway. That way your back is less fatigued as you tackle that tough pile.

Tip 3: Layers are a Minnesotans best friend

We dress in layers for the weather so as we warm up, we can take off a shirt or overcoat to regulate temperature easily. Also take layers off of big snow piles so you are not trying to lift a heavy load.

Tip 4: Ice, Ice Baby!

It may seem silly but ice is the best thing for you. After shoveling, make sure to go in and get a hot beverage and grab an ice pack out of the freezer while you are in the kitchen. Put ice on the low back for 10 minutes to reduce inflammation from all that hard work you just did.

Tip 5: Listen Up!

Your body is really good at telling you when something is not right. Just make sure you don’t ignore those signals. You may be sore from shoveling the next day, but any soreness that lasts beyond that is damage that needs to be addressed before it gets worse. Stop in and get a chiropractic adjustment to prevent lingering pains.

We are winter magicians at Desired Health Chiropractic, and we promise to help you navigate the wintertime blues with excellent chiropractic care. And we are here to help your family and friends also. Any referral will be treated as a VIP in our office!

Torticollis is a condition where a joint or disk is injured and you can’t move your neck. Sometimes the head is bent or turned a little to one side. And sometimes you’re straight but can barely move in any direction. This type of problem is usually caused by a disk injury. Whiplash can cause this condition or it can come on by sleeping in an awkward way.

The spine is meant to move a lot, especially the neck. This is so we can quickly look around, above, and below. When the spine cannot be moved without intense pain, it’s a sign of both a joint and nerve problem. The nerve may be pinched or compressed, stretched, or irritated by chemicals from inflammation/swelling. To protect the nerve, the body puts a splint on it with muscle spasm. This keeps you from moving your head.

If the joint injury is reduced, by aligning the bones of the spine, the healing and scar tissue will stabilize the area in alignment. If the joint is left out of alignment or is hypermobile, this can lead to future degeneration. To get the joint moving and functioning normally again, you need to have motion through the joint adjustment, and exercises to keep activated.

One study showed that patients who wear foam collars after whiplash, do worse than patients who were actively mobilized without collars. It may at first seem counterintuitive to move when pain is there, but it’s all about moving within your pain tolerances. Usually small motions are still preserved. Instead many patients wear collars or do not move their neck enough. This causes the muscles to become more inflexible and contracted. Overtime it can lead to substantial weakness and even atrophy (wasting away).

So even in the early stages of a whiplash, when the neck can barely move at all, small movements that are not painful are encouraged. The specific adjustment will reduce the irritation to the nerve that is signaling the muscles to spasm. Once the nerve is freed, then the muscle will usually release. Greater ranges of movement will follow as the body allows. This should not be hurried because the nerve and disk is at risk for re-injury in the very early stages of healing.

Medications and surgery will not correct the alignment of the spine. When the joint is sprained, it needs to be re-aligned to reduce the tension on the ligaments and disk. At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we can help you every step of the way after a car accident. We will help you feel better and get your medical claims paid with ease so you can get back to living your life. Call us today for a free consultation763-205-6192.

A neck injury such as a pulled muscle or a “knot” in the muscle is something we’ve all experienced. These little aches and pains usually go away on their own, or with a little massage from a loved one. But sometimes the neck injury is more substantial, such as in a whiplash or sports injury. In these cases, the ligaments such as the disk can be injured, and the nerves can be inflamed and irritated as well.

The long-term course for neck pain is not good. Patients continue to suffer years later. One study looked at outcomes after five years and found that about 50% of patients continued to have pain and disability.

When the ligaments and muscles of the cervical spine are injured, the patient may guard their movements and not use certain muscles. This can lead to muscle weakness over time. As the neck muscles go, so goes the rest of the spine, or at least that’s what recent research shows. The investigators looked at a specific exercise that used the core trunk muscles. They followed the neck pain patients for two years and found that those with neck pain tended to get trunk muscle dysfunction, and eventually low back pain.

Following traumatic injuries to the neck, it is important to have a proper examination. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step to getting you the treatment you need.

One study has shown that early intervention (within 4 days) in whiplash injury gave patients more relief, when compared to delayed (14 days) treatment.

As discussed above, many patients become chronic and have long-term pain after neck injuries. Others will develop secondary low back pain two years down the road. Because of these long-term effects, it is important to treat neck injuries in a serious manner. Ice will usually not be sufficient. These mechanical types of problems are also not correctable through medications and neck collars.

Specific chiropractic care following sprains to the neck may move the joints into better alignment and ease tension on the tissues. Mobility disorders such as limited range can also be improved with specific adjustments. As the joints begin to move more normally, exercises can be added to improve strength and range of motion. By treating neck problems appropriately and early on, the patient will be afforded the best chance for long-term success.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we can help you every step of the way after a car accident. We will help you feel better and get your medical claims paid with ease so you can get back to living your life. Call us today for a free consultation763-205-6192.

Whiplash pain can be much different from other types of injuries. When a car accident is severe, the pain will come on right away. If the injury produces a mild or moderate sprain, sometimes it takes a few days for the pain and inflammation to reach its maximum. Sometimes it is stiffness that is the prominent symptom and the patient notices this in the first few weeks after the accident. The delay in pain is often seen in low speed collisions where typically there is very less damage to the vehicles.

There are a lot of factors that determine the extent of injury following a low speed whiplash. One of these is the neck posture prior to impact. Was the head turned? This can occur if the patient was looking at the rearview mirror during the collision. Low speed collisions can occur in parking lots. If the patient was turned to see if a space was clear, this can make a simple trauma result in a significant injury.

Besides the position of the patient prior to the collision, the speed and amount of vehicle damage are sometimes good criteria for the severity of the trauma. However, it may not be in many cases because of crumple zones. Cars are built with crumple zones. These areas are crushed during the collision and absorb the energy of impact. In some low speed collisions, there is less crumple and more of the force is transmitted to the occupants. This is but one reason why vehicle damage won’t always equate with the spinal damage.

Another factor in whiplash is whether the head-rest was properly positioned. A proper head-rest should be close to the back of the head and its high point slightly above the top of the head. The reason for the high position is that in a rear-end collision, the patient who is being hit will rise slightly with impact. If the headrest is too low, then the neck will bend around it like a fulcrum causing even more injury. The same thing happens if the seat is reclined too far and the head whips backwards before hitting the head-rest.

Because symptoms can come on slowly and minor vehicle damage is not a good indicator of injury, a thorough examination is required. It is important to be checked by a competent health care provider after any motor vehicle collision.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we can help you every step of the way after a car accident. We will help you feel better and get your medical claims paid with ease so you can get back to living your life. Call us today for a free consultation763-205-6192.

You don’t have to sacrifice your health for the perfect job – in fact, the healthier you are, the more successful you’re likely to be in your career as well! So give yourself the balanced life you deserve and be happy, and healthy, all work-day long.

Get It Straight. Sitting up straight makes you happier! Because when you’re excited, you sit up straight, when you sit up straight, you evoke the emotion of happiness.

Be powerful. Sitting up straight makes you more powerful, because it alters hormones levels – increasing testosterone and decreasing cortisol. You will be more confident and likely to take risks. Good posture makes you appear more able to others.

Improves body function. Good posture makes it easier to fill your lungs! It will strengthen abdominal and back muscles which will decrease discomfort. When the spine is in alignment, the nervous system functions optimally.

Poor posture can cause health risks. It is harder for the lungs to expand and can cause muscle tension, leading to an even worse posture.

Stay mobile! Try walking to meetings and go for a brisk walk during breaks. If you sit all day, try eating lunch standing up. Take stretching breaks to feel refreshed. Start with reaching for your toes. You can stand on one foot and bend the other leg and hold your foot to stretch your quads.

Tilt your head from side to side, holding it lightly with your hand. And then stretch your arms by holding your hands behind your back.

Make it easy to keep a good posture at work. Request an ergonomic chair or a standing desk. Sit on an exercise ball or the therapy discs we utilize at Desired Health Chiropractic. Dr. Van Bogart teaches active sitting techniques to patients to keep the core engaged and the back strong.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your health goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

While most of us have a look in the mirror at least once a day, few of us look at our appearance from a different angle, such as from the side. But, the view from the side can be quite revealing if you suffer from chronic neck pain.

First, note the position of your head in relation to you shoulders. Is it right above the shoulders or does it lean forward from your chest? If it does, this would be called forward head posture, and can come from a problem in your neck.

Lower areas of your spine can also cause this problem. Some of us have increased our weight over the years with much of it added to our abdominal region. Because of this increased core weight, the body must counter-balance the weight gain by causing the lumbar spine to sway- back.

While this sway-back problem can create pain in the lumbar spine, it can also have far reaching effects in the posture of the neck. Usually someone with a protruding stomach and sway back will have somewhat rounded shoulders and a forward head posture. If treatment is only directed at the neck without considering how other areas may affect the stability of the neck, then the results may be less than optimum.

Don’t let your neck pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your health goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

Posture and Health. Posture and normal physiology are interrelated. Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic and stress related illnesses. Observe people over 50 and you will see that people with bad posture look unhealthy.

-American Journal of Pain Management, 1994

The neck is the most flexible part of your spine and just like any other area of the body, movement exercises and good posture are important to maintain its health. Neck pains can be brought on or aggravated by how you treat this vital structure. We often neglect our neck when it comes to exercises, focusing instead on our legs or heart. So try these helpful hints and incorporate them into your daily routine.     

  1. Moving your neck slowly through all its ranges is key. It is important to do pure movements rather than combinations, rolling the neck around like a ball and socket joint (such as the hip or shoulder) is to be avoided. Instead, flex the neck forward until your chin touches the top of your chest. Then, slowly bend your neck backwards, chin to the sky These movements should not cause pain if they are done slowly and you have no pre-existing injury.
  2. The next movement is side bending and is accomplished by trying to bend either ear towards the shoulder. Do this in front of a mirror so that you keep your head straight looking forward. Note whether you can do this the same amount to each side.
  3. The last movement is rotation. Simply rotate your chin slowly so that you are looking over one shoulder. None of these movements should cause pain or make you dizzy. If they do, then it is a sign you have a neck injury.
  4. An important aspect of neck function is how the shoulder girdle influences neck posture and motion. Try rolling your shoulders forwards and backwards, stretching slowly, to help ease tension at the neck. General exercises such as fast paced walking or hiking are important for your neck too. Remember, your spine is the core of your body and walking is one of the least injury-producers, something you can keep up well into your later years.
  5. Lastly, make sure your neck posture is kept upright when you are talking on the phone, driving, reading, doing other tasks, or sleeping.  A very small pillow is usually best for sleeping and neck support pillows are available to help maintain the normal forward arch of the neck. A small pillow will allow your head to ease back, relaxing the muscles at the back of the neck.

Don’t let your neck pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your health goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.


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