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headache-seriousHave you ever had a headache? Most people have. Some get them quite frequently. Well, has this thought ever crossed your mind: “Is this just another headache… or is this something serious?”

That is an important question that could save you or a loved one’s life. But, before we differentiate headaches, the first thing to understand is that there is no such thing as “just a headache.”

While some are MORE dangerous and even life threatening, all headaches are a sign that something is wrong. Know this: Pain is not normal. It is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem.

For example, if you put your hand too close to a fire, it hurts. The closer you get… the more it hurts. Too close, and it starts to burn. If you have a headache, there is a cause. Your body is sending you warning signals and you should be examined by a healthcare professional trained to diagnose headaches, their causes and treatment options.

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose many types of headaches and have had success treating one of the most common types of headaches, the cervicogenic headache. A cervicogenic headache is a headache that is characterized by chronic head pain that is referred to the head from either bony structures or soft tissue of the neck. So, if you get headaches, a Chiropractor is a good option for both diagnosis and treatment.

Now, what you should know about headaches and medical emergencies?

In a recent article in Tribune Newspapers, Joshua Miller, Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health Center, said, “The headaches that worry us are ones that start suddenly, like a thunderclap… especially if it’s accompanied by a stiff neck, nausea, fever, bright lights bothering your eyes… it could be bleeding on the brain, encephalitis, meningitis or some other viral or bacterial infection within the spinal fluid.”

Here are other signs and symptoms of a medical emergency: Chest pain and squeezing/tightness of the chest, nausea and shortness of breath, and fluttering heart. If you feel short of breath after doing an everyday task you usually do not get shortness of breath from, you should not ignore it. Also, abdominal pain should not be ignored. Fever, abdominal pain, vomiting can mean big trouble. Kidney stones and gallbladder disease are possibilities.

Bottom line: you should not try to diagnose yourself. No headaches are “normal” and sometimes, they can be quite serious.

At Desired Health Chiropractic we have vast experience with all types of headaches. Depending on what is causing your issue will determine the extent of care we can provide.

The first step for anyone with headaches is to contact our office for an evaluation. We test body structure, neurology, movement patterns and physical abilities to determine how we can help you feel better, function better, and ultimately perform better!

HeadachesThree types of headaches frequently at Desired Health Chiropractic:

  1.  Headaches unrelated to athletic activity;
  2.  Headaches that are exertion/activity related; and
  3.  Post-traumatic headaches due to a sports injury or whiplash

Headaches such as tension headaches and migraines respond very well to chiropractic care. We focus on aligning the neck to reduce muscle tension and improve blood flow.

Exertion headaches that start with physical activity have many different causes. We must rule out dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and more serious pathological conditions first. Often we will look at imaging and laboratory tests to help us uncover why these headaches are happening.

Post-traumatic headaches are very common with sports injuries. Depending on how the injury occurred an x-ray or MRI may be needed to rule out extensive damage. Of course there is always a concern of concussion with sports related or injury based headaches. More serious symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, lightheaded, blurry or tunnel vision, slurred speech, or unclear thinking.

At Desired Health Chiropractic we have vast experience with all types of headaches. Depending on what is causing your issue will determine the extent of care we can provide. Headaches from injuries and tension, as well as migraines respond very well to chiropractic care.

The first step for anyone with headaches is to contact our office for an evaluation. We test body structure, neurology, movement patterns and physical abilities to determine how we can help you feel better, function better, and ultimately perform better!

Being flexible is not always a good thing.

Athletes, such as Dancers, Gymnasts, Figure Skaters, and Cheerleaders, demand extreme flexibility for their sport. The amount of stretch in their muscles and ligaments put them at risk of it causing more harm than good.

If flexibility is not matched with the same level of stability, it can cause issues and injury for athletes.

Let me explain how this can be dangerous. ACTIVE Motion is when you are controlling your movement with the use of your muscles. When a dancer extends one leg behind them, that is Active motion. PASSIVE Motion is when you are able to move your body even more with assistance of an outside force. For example, the dancer can reach behind and use passive motion to pull her leg even more toward her head.  

The goal of athletes should be to have ACTIVE and PASSIVE range of motion as close as possible. Because injury occurs when an athlete cannot control the extra movement in Passive motion.

At our office, we focus on developing stability, so an athlete can handle flexibility and prevent injury. We test for this at our chiropractic office by putting an athlete through a series of movement patterns to see which areas are weak, tight, or overactive. Then engage the nervous system in these areas through treatments and exercises to engage the muscles.

Three ways to know if you have a stability issue that may be affecting your sports performance:

  1. You have extreme inconsistency with motion. For example, you can’t touch your toes while standing, but you can reach them without issue while sitting or lying on your back. Or you can’t actively turn your neck so your chin can touch your shoulder, but if you push is with passive motion it does actually reach there.
  2. You cannot control a joint in your body with your muscle tone. Classic example is after you sprain your ankle and it feels like it might give out on you at times. This can happen anywhere you sustain an injury, including neck and back.
  3. Stability issues make themselves heard through symptoms such as clicking, popping, pain and stiffness, dislocation, and recurring injuries. Even if there is no pain yet, degeneration and excess wear and tear is forming which can lead to early arthritis.  

If you think you have a stability issue you really need to contact our office for an evaluation of where and how severe it may be. Our initial visit will test your structure, neurology, movement, and physical ability. You will learn exactly where your issue is that is causing you pain or dysfunction.

At Desired Health Chiropractic, our goal is to help athletes feel better, function better, and perform better. When you are ready to fix your health issue once and for all, we will help you get better faster!

Great athletes have fine tuned their muscles and movements, but also their five senses are usually better than average. Some ways that athletes have honed in on utilizing their senses to improve their performance include:

  • Vision – They can track rapid movements of player, balls, or terrain with ease.
  • Hearing – They can hear an opponent approaching from behind.
  • Touch – They can put a spin on a ball by the tips of their fingers.
  • Smell – They can smell changes in
  • Taste – They can taste the sweetness of victory.

And then there is proprioception – The athlete’s 6th sense!

Proprioception is the sense of your body’s position and movement. It is produced by nerves embedded in our muscles which send information to the brain about how much pressure, force, and speed should be applied. The brain uses this information to figure out how hard your quadriceps are contracting, how bent your knee is, and how long a step you have taken.

A great example of proprioception is when you close your eyes and point one finger into the air. You can sense exactly where and what that finger is doing, even though you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, or taste it. It is your body’s ability to know where it is in space. This is essential for athletes to develop because a slight turn in leg position can ruin a field goal, an elevated shoulder can cause a slice in a golf swing, or a bent knee can ruin a split leap.

Sports chiropractic care incorporates enhancing this “sixth sense” to increase sports ability. The nervous system is important because it controls how the body functions, reacts and moves. Therefore, when the nervous system is working optimally, sports performance is enhanced. Our office helps athletes remove irritation on their nervous system, so they feel better, function better, and perform better.

At Desired Health Chiropractic we assess biomechanics and neurology of the body so we can find issues before they make things worse. We want our athletes to feel, function, and perform goal is to help all aat their best.

Call our office today for a free assessment of what you can do to improve your movement and enhance your athletic ability- 763-205-6192.

Have you ever been surprised at how quick you arrived home because you don’t really remember the entire drive?

Perhaps you were daydreaming of what the future holds, or going over your to-do list in your head, or making mental notes of your next big idea. It may seem like a car accident waiting to happen, but the brain and the body are amazing at keeping control when we mentally “check out.” These weird situations is when muscle memory takes over, and it has a lot to do with your athletic game.

“Muscle Memory” is actually a neurologically trained phenomenon where the brain sends signals throughout the nervous system to move the body in a way it has been programmed or repetitively trained to do. The muscles are told what to do by a system in the body that is invisible to us on the outside. Muscles are controlled by nerves which lead back to the spine to travel up and down the cord to the brain for proper communication. If you remove the nerves from the muscle it can do nothing- it is just a lump of useless tissue.

So how can you use muscle memory to your athletic competitive advantage? Of course you will need to practice for hours in the field, in the court, or in the gym to gain mastery of a particular move. But to really enhance muscle memory you can take it one step further by practicing an athletic move all the time.

For example, I was a competitive figure skater as a teenager. I woke up early to hit the ice before school and stayed up late to train well into the evenings. But I also had to go to school, worked a part-time job, and did massive amounts of homework throughout the week. I trained my body while doing all these daily tasks and it made all the difference in my skating.

For example, I would do math problems standing at the table and practicing my spirals. I hung laundry at the dry cleaners where I worked with poised arms and and graceful hands. I would practice one legged sit spins anytime I had to bend down. And my personal favorite was doing footwork routines while watching t.v.

The act of repeating moves while your brain is focused on something else will reinforce the automation of that movement. So if you practice these moves sloppily or without perfect form, then you will reinforce those bad habits. But if you make them precise and strong, then you will train the body to own this movement pattern much faster. Give it a try for 30 days and see how quickly your game improves!

At Desired Health Chiropractic we assess biomechanics and neurology of the body so we can find issues before they make things worse. We want our athletes to feel, function, and perform at their best.

Call our office today for a free assessment of what you can do to improve your movement and enhance your athletic ability- 763-205-6192.

Most people rate themselves as “better than average” on any desirable trait — which, of course, is a statistical impossibility.

‘Average’ can be defined as a level or standard that is considered to be typical for a particular place, group of people, type of business, etc. However, the world is designed around the needs of average people. Nothing would function if the majority of us were outliers. You are not doomed to be average, because being average in many aspects of your life will actually give you an advantage. However, being different is fun, exciting, and can lead to rewards and riches. It also comes with a cost of extra time, more expectations, increased responsibility, and greater stress.

At Desired Health Chiropractic, we have the mindset that each patient is unique and that no two injuries or health problems are the same. This leads to a more challenging treatment approach, but it also gets results that are “above average.”

Here are five things athletes implement to propel themselves above and beyond the status quo:

    1. They work on themselves globally. They do not train just sports specific. They know that their body must work in all realms. Kickers must have strong legs, but also core strength to support the power behind the kick and flexibility to control leg movements.
    2. They keep their body fine tuned perfectly. Professional level athletes utilize regular chiropractic care, because they know it is better to prevent an injury then try to fix one later. They consider signals that the body gives as warning signs it is not working to its full potential. Headaches, anxiety, muscle aches, tingling sensations, scattered thoughts are signs that the nervous system is irritated and not communicating properly.
    3. They have a plan and checklist for every situation. Like a pilot has an emergency checklist to keep them calm during issues so they can work through them. When everything goes wrong, how do you handle it with grace and serenity to improve your chances?
      Here is an example pre-game checklist: Physical check (how do you feel), Equipment check (is everything available and in working order), Team check (are you communicating well), Fundamentals check (always practice the basics), Mental check (keep a mindset of confidence).
    4. They have a positive mindset when things get tough. They never quit, even after failure, losses, or struggle. Problems along the road to success will either hold you back or serve as a tool to guide you forward. Average athletes are slow to change lanes when things don’t go their way. Ultra successful athletes will always jump to the fast lane even when it may seem dangerous, but their confidence and determination is what pushes them forward at a faster speed.  
    5. They decide what they are willing to sacrifice. Are you going to train, eat right, go to the chiropractor and truly take care of your health, get your mind right, and work when everyone else is rotting their brains watching t.v. and surfing the internet?

 

Mohamaded Ali summed it up perfectly when he said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”

Maybe we won’t all be championship fighters, but we each hold a unique talent that is waiting to be expressed. At Desired Health Chiropractic, we strive to help turn your dreams into reality by giving your body the best way to operate. Schedule an examination with us today to see how we can help you feel better, function better, and perform better.   

A lot of our patients set stupid goals. A lot of them set no goals for their health or their life… also stupid.

Here is a way to move you out of a state of deconditioning and despair to making huge improvements in your health, sport, and life.  At our office we help our patients set and track goals to not only see improvements of health but also performance.

Take a look at this guide below to see if you are setting the right type of goals to move you toward your end game.

The best way to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals:

S. They must be SPECIFIC in nature.

If you are looking to lose weight you must come up with an exact number of pounds or inches that you plan to lose. Successful athletes always set specific goals at the beginning of each season when they decide what competitions to pursue and how they are going to move up to the level they desire.

M. Must have a MEASURABLE way able to track it

Professional athletes are pros at tracking their performance statistics, everything from batting average to how much salt is in their sweat. Having measurable criteria for your performance is essential to keeping you on course for accomplishing your goals. A great example of this is in weight loss. If you are only tracking pounds lost and the number on the scale goes up despite all your efforts, you would be discouraged and might give up. But if you are also measuring inches, body fat percentage, and energy throughout your day, you might notice you are actually succeeding and the scale hasn’t shown that yet.

A. The goal must be ACTIONABLE

There should be detailed, written steps to achieve any S.M.A.R.T. goals. If your goal is to lose 12 lbs then you need to have a grocery list of healthy foods, exercise time scheduled in your planner, and a support group to hold you accountable. This is the most important step because a goal with a plan is just a wish.

R. The goal does need to be REASONABLE

A goal can be huge in vision and far reaching, but it should not defy the laws of the universe. For example: if someone desires to lose 100lbs, that cannot physically be achieved in 2 weeks but in a few months it is actually a reasonable goal. Athletes who set Olympic goals need to make a plan that reasonable takes into account the vast time, energy, and effort it will take to achieve it.

T. Goals must have a TIMELY deadline

Goals that have no set deadline for achievement are less likely to happen. Time is a limited resource that not given the proper respect it deserves. Take a survey in March to see how many New Year’s Eve Resolutions are still in effect and you will see most people wasted three months, and will wait until next year to try again.

Now that you have this knowledge of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and not stupid ones, we encourage you to use it to improve your health. At Desired Health Chiropractic, we strive to help turn your dreams into reality through the goal setting process. Schedule an examination with us today to see how we can help you feel better, function better, and perform better.

If you take a black permanent marker and draw a huge circle around an ant, that poor ant will keep turning directions everytime it comes close to the big black outline. Don’t be an ant trapped in an endless circle of frustration.

The mind controls the body, so if you can see it, you can be it. Limitations of your potential are in your mind. Ultra successful athletes can visualize their success. They can see it so clearly in their mind and may even talk about like it is already happening. They know what they want, even if they don’t know how to achieve it yet.

Here are four steps to making visualization work to improve your life:

  1. Let’s go ahead and brand yourself in the image of success. Howe do you see yourself as a person? Maybe confident and charismatic. How do look when you are performing your best as business owner, student, or athlete? Perhaps graceful, powerful, skillful.
  2. Now picture yourself as that person: What do they wear? What do they drink? What do they eat? How much do they practice? How do they talk to themselves when winning or losing? What do they think about? How do they treat others?
  3. Next, visualize your game, your performance, or your presentation and go through each step with detailed precision of how you wish it to turn out.
  4. Then practice, practice, practice. Pro athletes spend just as much time training their mind as they do their physical body. You can do it once and be average or put in the work and see how far it takes you.  

Now that you have learned how powerful your mind and visualization is, use it to your advantage to improve everything about your life. At Desired Health Chiropractic, we strive to help turn your dreams into reality by giving you hope that your health issues will be resolved. Schedule an examination with us today to see how we can help you feel better, function better, and perform better.

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