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Our mission is to help as many people in our lifetime as we can, especially children.  One way we would like to do that is to provide information to you!

 

Visit us each month for a new topic and feel free to suggest topics you are interested in!

By Upper Cervical Admin, Jan 1 2018 08:00AM

It happens every winter—huddling indoors during cold weather with other people, circulated dry air pumping out germs and dust, eating lots of things we probably shouldn’t—all those things drag down our immune systems. These conditions make viruses happy, which is why they thrive in the winter. But instead of isolating yourself, here's a solid tip you can use to boost your immune system so it can fight off the nasties far more effectively: a regular Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care appointment.

Why is this so effective? Because it goes straight to the heart of your immune system by improving how your brain communicates what needs to happen to protect you from germs. If your neck vertebrae aren’t properly aligned, major nerves controlling your immune system are not receiving the instructions they need to do their jobs properly.

On the other hand, when your nervous system has a free, uninterrupted pathway to regulate all the different aspects of your immune system, it can better fend off the inevitable threats that assail all of us this time of the year. In fact, several studies have been done that have shown that Upper Cervical Chiropractic treatments on a regular basis can reduce colds, ear infections and other common winter maladies by nearly 200%!

Here at UCCNC, we commonly have patients coming in for treatment of conditions such as neck pain and headaches who, after receiving upper cervical adjustments, subsequently report that they’ve also had fewer colds and other common winter infections; yet another positive “side effect” of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Of course, along with a regular course of chiropractic to keep your nervous system and immune system in sync, we also recommend keeping up with your regular exercise schedule, eating nutritious, whole foods, staying well hydrated and getting enough quality sleep. These things combined can make your body an inhospitable place for intrusive viruses and infections that seem to proliferate this time of year.

At UCCNC, we are all about prevention: even if you are feeling fine now, the busy holiday season is upon us and you can’t afford to be stuck in bed with a fever and the sniffles when there’s so much fun to be had. Schedule an appointment today for a chiropractic neurology checkup to see if your nervous and immune systems are communicating properly before the germs attack.

By Upper Cervical Admin, Dec 12 2017 09:46PM

Winter is just around the corner and it is time to prepare, not just for the holidays by decorating our homes but also physically preparing for the coming season. We all prepare for winter in one way or another. There are those people that are methodical in preparing the car and home for the winter! Then there are others who prepare just the basics hoping it is good enough for what may come. How many of us think about our bodies and keeping them running well during the winter months? Along those lines I would like to point out some natural tips that may or may not be so obvious but are based on some sound scientific principles.

First - KEEP MOVING. Exercise is key to getting and maintaining proper blood flow which will keep you warm. Don’t want to take walks outside in the cold? There are many exercise options for indoors which don’t require any equipment. Pilates, Yoga and even running in place just to mention a few. Moving is moving – make it happen!

Second - BREATHE. Yes, everyone knows how to breathe but controlled deep breaths have been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to and from our organs and muscles. What you need to do is a belly breath. What is that you may ask? A belly breath is a deep breath in that expands the belly and then a slow breath out. Perform 3- 5 repetitions. It is great year-round but in winter months will help to keep us warm. Another different breathing technique enough is to take short quick breaths, breathing through the nose only, do not overdo it, 10 – 20 repetitions is sufficient to warm you up. Be sure to consult your doctor beforehand if you have lung or heart related issues.

Third - COLD WATER. I can hear you now saying, “are you kidding me – it’s cold out and I want to warm up”! Taking a cold shower has been shown to warm the body for the entire day. How you ask? Well, it increases blood flow to the skin which warms you up! It also has anti-depressant effects to chase away the winter blues.

Fourth – HYDRATE. We tend to not drink as much in the winter as in other months however it is important to drink at least 10 glasses of water per day. Drinking plenty of water year-round helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Most importantly - UPPER CERVICAL CARE. Control systems for the body, including blood flow and temperature regulation, all reside in the brain stem. If there is an interference with the communication between the brain and the body, it will potentially cause the body to have sickness and disease. The weight of a dime for more than 3 minutes on that brain stem cut off 60% of the messages to the body! As Upper Cervical Chiropractors, we focus on removing that interference, so the body will heal naturally without the use of potentially dangerous medications or unnecessary surgery. Get your quality of life back! Come see us at UCCNC!

We do want to mention one thing about dressing for the cold weather and a basic rule of thumb -- LAYER UP! Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true way to maximize your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather. Each layer has a function. The base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the insulating layer protects you from the cold; the shell layer (outer layer) shields you from wind and rain. You simply add or subtract layers as needed.

Let’s not forget your feet! You wouldn’t go out in below-freezing weather in a thin summer jacket, so don’t make your feet do the same thing. Bigger socks trap more warm air next to your body and provide better insulation. Much like the layering system you use for your body, layer up on your feet, too! While wearing thicker socks is an important part of the solution, it can also be part of the problem. Too many socks can mean a tight squeeze that ultimately cuts off circulation to your feet. Make sure boots are sized properly for the number and type of socks you wear while leaving enough room to wiggle your toes. As it is said, there is no bad weather just bad clothing!

The staff at UCCNC would like to wish all of you a healthy and joyous holiday season! Feel free to give us a call at 484-593-0328 if you need more information.

By Upper Cervical Admin, Jul 6 2017 04:08PM

Your head weighs about 12 pounds, and if you spend a significant amount of time hunched over—meaning, your head bent forward and down as when texting, emailing or gaming—the forces on your cervical spine are substantial. The degree to which this position affects your spine depends on the angle of the bend and the amount of time you spend with your head in this position.



SYMPTOMS AND INJURIES:


Chronic Headaches, Upper Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, Increased Curvature of the Spine, Potential Breathing Problems



IT’S MORE THAN JUST TEXTING!!!


If you are worried about text neck than you are ignoring the activities that have had humans bending their necks for centuries. Reading books, playing chess, looking down at the sidewalk, sewing, golfing, knitting etc. all require the neck to flex. Where is the outrage in the media against knitting? Against chess? We have always bent our necks, it is what we are built to do... The problem with text-neck is the same problem as any other prolonged position. We are meant to move. If you hold your head in ANY position for prolonged periods it is likely that you will feel pain. Ask a soldier on parade. That ideal upright position is a real pain in the neck.


HOW TO AVOID TEXT NECK


Raise the device to eye level so the head doesn't have to be titled.

Take frequent breaks

Stand up straight

Arch and stretch

Stay fit

Get those Upper Cervical Adjustments!!

By Upper Cervical Admin, Nov 11 2016 07:28AM

A good night’s sleep… it’s an elusive dream for many. Even hitting the pillow early still doesn’t guarantee getting the necessary hours of Z’s for optimal health. A racing mind, a sagging mattress, the wrong pillow, various aches and pains, stress, etc. can prevent a truly restful sleep. But upper cervical chiropractic care at UCCNC can help.

Proper Cervical Spine Alignment Restores Good Sleep Conditions

Your brain stem is vulnerable to pinching, either from injury or just sleeping on the wrong pillow. We can restore correct alignment and advise you on the right pillow to help you maintain correct neck posture as you sleep. This will reduce tossing, turning and waking up with neck pain.

Natural Pain Relief Leads To Better Sleep

If your neck isn’t properly aligned, nerves are being pinched that can cause dysfunction all over the body, preventing you from sliding effortlessly into the REM sleep your body and mind so desperately need to heal and restore good health. Our chiropractic neurology team can diagnose specific cervical posture problems that cause your aches and pains and then resolve them with gentle upper cervical chiropractic adjustments to provide pain relief so you can drift off to sleep comfortably.

Cervical Spine Alignment Tied Directly to Sleep

Recent studies show that the parafacial zone in the brain stem seems to regulate gamma-hydroxbuyrate (GABA), a critical neurochemical that can induce healthy sleep. Our Chiropractic neurology practice can remove brain stem interference, naturally correcting malfunctions here, thereby enabling patients to enjoy the benefits of healthier sleep, including lower blood pressure and a better state of focused relaxation when awake.

While at home, it’s very important to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep as well:

• Get the right pillow that allows you to keep your neck in neutral position, whether you are a back or side sleeper. We can help you with this.

• Create a soothing bedtime ritual: A warm bath, dimmed lights, soft music… anything that puts you in a calm frame of mind.

• Pay attention to good nutrition. Stick to a regular meal time so that you are neither too hungry, nor too full at bedtime. Don’t drink too close to bedtime to prevent overnight trips to the bathroom that can disrupt restful slumber.

If you’re struggling to get decent sleep, please contact us at UCCNC today for assistance!

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