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Healthy Sleep Healthy Life

Posted: April 1, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

As the longer summer days come upon us, sleep often takes a back seat to our busy lives.  However, sleep is extremely important to not only our health, but our emotional well-being, brain power and of course our appearance.  If you are someone who stays up late and gets up early, here are a few reasons why you might want to get that extra hour of sleep.
Sleep is the body and the brain’s time to repair itself.  Dreaming is often your brain’s way to figure out everything that happened throughout the day and to solve any problems that may have arose.  This is why when making an important decision, it is often said to sleep on it.  Being sleep deprived can decrease creativity, concentration, coordination, and memory.  Your Southside Edmonton Chiropractor  can give you more information on sleep and how it can help you and your brain.
Because sleep is the body’s time to repair, not getting enough sleep can cause inflammation.  Increased inflammation can lead to many different health issues, including heart disease, neck and back pain, stroke, diabetes and general discomfort.  Inflammation has also been linked to shorter life spans as well, so getting a good night’s sleep can help increase your life!  For more information on inflammation and sleep, call your South Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.
Not getting enough sleep can also affect your weight.  When we don’t sleep enough, we start to crave high sugary treats for energy, this can be hazardous to our waistlines.  The other thing that happens with sleep loss is our hormones are greatly affected.  If we are not sleeping enough, the hormones that let our bodies know that we are full and to stop eating, are not produced enough, causing us to overeat.  Because chiropractors help ensure the nervous system is functioning optimally, getting regular chiropractic adjustments along with regular sleep can help keep your waistline trim.  For more information, check out your South Side Edmonton Chiropractor, they can have more information on how to get more energy naturally and weight loss.
Sleep is a wonderful thing and can help you function at your best in so many ways.  If you are having trouble sleeping due to neck or back pain, stress or any other reason, book an appointment with your South Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549 to help you get a restful night’s sleep and live a healthy lifestyle.  

The Importance of Minerals

Posted: February 27, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

Minerals are vital in body; they are the sparkplugs of life, the catalysts of all reactions in our bodies.  We cannot produce minerals on our own and must obtain them through our food.  Most minerals come from vegetables.  As the vegetables are growing, they absorb the minerals from the soil, when we eat these vegetables, we absorb the minerals.  However because of over farming, often the soil is lacking in minerals, meaning we become mineral deficient.  For this reason it is important for us to be taking a quality multi-vitamin or mineral supplement.  For more information on which mineral supplement is best for you, call your Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.
Because there are so many different minerals, being mineral deficient can have many different symptoms.  A group of minerals known as electrolytes are responsible for the nerve impulses and muscle contractions.  They create electrical impulses that let cells in our body send messages back and forth to one another – through this you can perform all the “bioelectrical” functions, such as thinking, moving and seeing.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor also ensures that your nervous system is functioning at its best, as your nervous system controls all of your systems.  To ensure your nervous system is working at its best, check with your Edmonton Chiropractor, they will be able to ensure you have all the minerals you need and that your spine is in line. 
There are so many other functions of minerals in the body.  Including building bones, maintaining pH balance, helping your muscles contract and relax, regulate tissue growth and providing structural support for the body.    Often we can find ourselves feeling achy or have muscle cramps; this can be due to a lack of magnesium in the body.  Hormone imbalance can also be related to a mineral deficiency.  For more information on minerals and how they are used in the body, check out our website at www.whitemudchiro.com and visit your Edmonton chiropractor!

The Heart and Chiropractic

Posted: February 3, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

It is February, Heart Month.  There are many different things that can affect the heart from high blood pressure, emotional stress and heartburn.  Luckily your Edmonton chiropractor can help with these plus more.  One of the biggest things that can affect our heart health is poor posture.  Slumped over posture does not allow your lungs to fill with oxygen or ventilate the blood completely.  Forward head posture can also have an adverse effect on the oxygenation of the blood.  Poor blood oxygenation can lead to a variety of health issues including a shortness of breath which can lead to blood and heart disease.  Regular adjustments from your Edmonton chiropractor can help increase posture, which will help your heart health.  Book your appointment at 780-430-7549.

Stress can also contribute to heart health.  We all have stress in our lives, from paying bills, to traffic jams, to deadlines.  It is how we manage our stress that can make the difference.  Regular chiropractic adjustments can help you and your nervous system manage stress in a healthier way so it does not lead to harmful effects such as high blood pressure, lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and variety of other issues.  You Edmonton Chiropractor can not only adjust your spine to help keep your nervous system healthy, but they can also give you lifestyle tips to help you relieve your stress in the first place.  For more information check out www.whitemudchiro.com

Poor posture and stress can also contribute to another heart ailment, heartburn.  Many people suffer from heartburn on a daily basis.  A hunched over posture does not allow the digestive system to function at its best, this can contribute to many digestive issues, including heartburn.  Regular spinal care can not only improve your posture, it can also ensure that your nervous system is functioning at its best, which control all other systems including your digestion.  For more information call your Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

As you can see there are many ways that your Edmonton chiropractor can help you, your heart and all of your loved ones.  This February why not give the gift of health to your Valentine.  Your Edmonton chiropractor is always accepting new patients.  Call them today 780-430-7549.

New Year New You - Benefits of Detoxes

Posted: December 30, 2013
By: Dr Christie MacDonald

Ah a new year, a chance to start fresh and new.  The busyness of the holidays is behind us and now we can focus on ourselves, getting ourselves back into a healthy routine.  This is a great time of year to do a detox.  There are many different levels of detoxes available to you, from gentle, simple detoxes where you just add a few drops of solution to your daily water to much more intense detoxes, where you change your diet and lifestyle to rid your body of toxins.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can help you decide which detox would best suit you, at 780-430-7549.
Not sure if you need to detox?  Here are a few signs that a detoxification is needed: unexplained headaches or back pain, memory failing, brittle nails and hair, frequent allergies, exposure to cleansing solvents, pesticides, diuretics and certain drugs.  During detoxification liver, kidney and blood purification occurs – this cannot happen during our regular eating habits.  Other advantages of doing a detox are: a strong immune system, a more balanced hormone system and the dependency on sugar, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can be reduced.  For more information on the advantages of a detox program, check out www.whitemudchiro.com.
Simple things that you can do to start your detox, include eliminating refined sugars, alcohol, coffee, cigarettes and saturated fats; all of which act as toxins in the body and can block the healing process. Also start looking at the products in your home, many of the cleaning products we use can be quite toxic and there are lots of “cleaner” alternatives that work just as well, if not better.  You can also dry-brush, use a tongue scrapper, drink lots of water, take Epsom salt baths and sweat – using a sauna or yoga.   All of these can be done in combination with a detox kit, available from your Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.
While doing your detox, don’t forget about your chiropractic care and massage.  Both of these treatments can assist with your detox program and can help you and your body keep the effects of the detox longer.  Chiropractic adjustments keep the nervous system functioning at its best, this ensures all organs are functioning properly, including the liver, kidneys, intestine, lungs and skin to help rid the body of toxins.  Massage therapy works on increasing the blood and lymph flow in the body to help keep the toxins from building up in your body.  Book your appointment with your Edmonton Chiropractic and Massage clinic today at 780-430-7549.
For more information check out www.whitemudchiro.com

Winter Weight Loss

Posted: November 28, 2013
By: Dr Christie MacDonald

As the colder, winter months come upon us, we tend to be less active, eat foods higher in fat and wear more clothing so we don’t notice the weight that we start to pack on.   Not only can that extra weight make us feel unattractive and want to hide under our bulky sweaters, it can also have adverse effects on our health.   Just a small amount of weight gain can start to affect our hearts, blood pressure, blood sugars, not to mention our well-being and self-confidence.  Having to carry around that additional weight can also start to cause lower back pain or knee pain.  By not allowing that extra winter weight to sneak up on you or losing any extra weight that may have built up over the years can have great benefits on your health.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor has many different options to help you stay active and healthy this winter, to learn more call 780-430-7549.

Winter is an excellent time to get outside and be active.  There are lots of fun and exciting winter sports for all ages and ability levels.  From snowboarding and skiing to ice skating and snowshoeing even making snow angels and snowmen, there options are endless.  By staying active this winter, you can help keep that winter weight off.  Regular visits to your South Edmonton Chiropractor can keep your spine align so you can enjoy all those activities without knee or back pain.  Your Chiropractor can also help you recover if some of the activities were a little too extreme for you.  Be sure to book in today by calling 780-430-7549.

Diet is a great way to help keep those winter pounds at bay.  In the cooler months we often crave foods higher in fat and sugar and there always seems to be lots of it to be found.  Before parties, eat a healthy dinner, this will help make it easier to avoid those tempting treats or at least keep you from eating too many.  Engage in lively conversation, when we are talking and having fun, we tend to eat less and enjoy ourselves more.  Opt for sparkling water over the high caloric alcohol drinks, alternate between the two.  This will help keep that winter weight off and to feel better the next day. 

For more tips on how to keep your diet healthy throughout the year, check out your Edmonton Chiropractor’s website at www.whitemudchiro.com The most important thing about winter is to enjoy it!  It happens every year, so why not get outside and enjoy the beauty of the season.  And by staying healthy and fit throughout the winter, getting away for a beach vacation is a lot more fun when you feel great in your bathing suit! 

We are located in South Edmonton, AB and serve the Southeast Edmonton, Southwest Edmonton, and Sherwood Park sectors.  Also a short drive for Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont and Devon residents.

Winter Hazards

Posted: October 31, 2013
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

As the days are shortening and the weather cooling, soon snow will be falling.  While it is a beautiful time of year, the dropping temperature can cause our sidewalks and roads to become quite slippery and treacherous.  This time of year can be a very dangerous time for our backs, from car accidents to falls on the ice to shovelling snow; your Edmonton chiropractor can not only relieve the neck and back pain that is caused by these incidents, but they can also help you avoid the pain.  For more information on how to prevent these accidents, contact your South Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

Slippery sidewalks are unfortunately a part of living in a northern climate, these can cause falls that can cause neck pain and back pain.  After a fall, your Leduc Chiropractor can help ease some of the pain that is caused during the fall.  Even better, though your Leduc Chiropractor can show you some exercises that can help increase your balance.  By increasing your balance, you are less likely to fall.  Chiropractic adjustments can also improve your balance by ensuring that your spine is aligned.  To book your chiropractic appointment, call 780-430-7549.

Snow, in order to prevent slippery sidewalks, many of us are out there shovelling our sidewalks.  Shovelling snow can cause back pain, both lower back pain and upper back pain.  If this has happened to you, your Edmonton Chiropractor and Massage can help relieve this pain with helpful combinations of chiropractic adjustments to re-align the spine and massage therapy to relieve those tight muscles.  To book call 780-430-7549.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can also keep your back aligned and show you exercises to strengthen those muscles needed to shovel snow to help prevent the back pain.  To learn more about these exercises, check www.whitemudchiro.com.

The one thing chiropractic cannot prevent, but can definitely help is car accidents.  Winter driving conditions are not always the most ideal and accidents can happen.  If you have been involved in a car accident, your South Edmonton Chiropractor and Massage can help relieve the neck pain, back pain, headaches and any other pain that may have been caused by the accident.  Chiropractic adjustments and massage work very well together to help get you back to feeling yourself after your accident. If you are looking to relieve the pain caused by an accident, call your South Edmonton Chiropractor and Massage at 780-430-7549 to learn more about how they can help you during this time.

Winter can be a beautiful time of year, with the help of your Edmonton Chiropractor and Massage; you can enjoy all the beauty it has to offer instead of the hazards.  Call us at 780-430-7549 or check us out at www.whitemudchiro.com for more information. 

Benefits of Massage and Chiropractic

Posted: September 24, 2013
By: Dr Christie MacDonald

Whether you are seeking a chiropractor for neck pain, back pain, headaches, a new injury or a long standing issue, you probably were referred to a massage therapist to help relieve your pain.  Your south side Edmonton Chiropractor has massage therapists in the clinic that they work with, which is common among many chiropractic clinics.  This is because, while chiropractors work with the hard tissue and massage therapists work with the soft tissue, they are both very complimentary to each other.

Chiropractors work on restoring the mind-body connection by removing the nerve interference and allowing the body to heal itself.  Often with the bones out of place, the muscles and tendons have become quite tight and rigid.  Massage can help soften these muscles allowing for the new aliment to conform to the body quicker than on its own.  Massage can also increase circulation which can speed healing and recovery. Your south Edmonton chiropractic and massage clinic offers both massage and chiropractic in the same building, making it easy for you to receive the relief you are looking for.  Call for an appointment today 780-430-7549.

Combining massage and chiropractic care can also be quite beneficial as having a massage before your adjustment can loosen the muscles, thus increasing the effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustment.  A massage can release tight muscles, inducing a sense of calm and relaxation that can last well after your massage, often a welcome feeling for those who have been suffering from headaches, back aches, neck pain or any other type of pain. Often those that have been suffering from these ailments may also not be sleeping.  Massage can help not only sleep disorders, but diabetes, surgical recovery, chronic neck and back pain and so much more.  Talk to your south side Edmonton Chiropractor about how massage can help benefit or check out our website at www.whitemudchiro.com.

The increased benefits of seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist at the same clinic like at your south side Edmonton Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, is the practitioner can talk to each other regarding your unique health concerns.  Together they can develop a treatment plan that will increase your healing and get you back to your active life quickly.  Call your Edmonton Chiropractor today at 780-430-7549.

Children and Chiropractic

Posted: August 22, 2013
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

Children and Chiropractic

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”  While many of us see a chiropractor regularly for a variety of reasons from neck and back pain, headaches and digestive issues, we often forget about our children.  As adults, we are aware of our stresses, falls and aches and pains, we tend to think that children just bounce back and have little to no stress, yet often the problems we experience as adults, started when we were children.  For more information on children and chiropractic, contact your Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

In addition to helping prevent future neck and back pain, chiropractic for children can help with a variety of common childhood ailments.  The nervous system is the master system of the body, it controls all other systems, if there is a blockage in the information pathway, the body cannot function at its best and symptoms arise. Imagine the nervous system is the lighting system of your home; it is difficult to do anything in the dark, without the lights turned on.  Chiropractic can help turn on the lights, making it easier for your body to function.  For more information on how to “turn on” the lights, contact your Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

There are many things chiropractic can help in children, below is a list of the top ten reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:
1. To encourage good brain and nerve development
2. To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
4. To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies
6. To encourage good spinal posture
7. To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate
8. To assist with behavioural disorders
9. To help alleviate digestive problems
10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
For more information on these and any other ailments, please check out www.whitemudchiro.com.

Next time you are booking yourself a chiropractic appointment; don’t forget about the children in your life.  Chiropractors can adjust anyone from newborns, all the way to seniors. Ensuring the nervous system is functioning at its best, is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing, why wouldn’t want that for your children?  To book your children for a chiropractic appointment, please contact your Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

Magnificent Magnesium

Posted: July 26, 2013
By: Dr Christie MacDonald

Often we don’t think about how different minerals can affect our bodies. We know that we need certain minerals, which is why we take our multi-vitamins and eat our fruits and vegetables.  But what do these minerals do for us?  Magnesium is ranked as the 4th highest macro-minerals in our bodies.  It has many multi-tasking properties as it aligns itself with other nutrients to help them complete their functions.  Ensuring that you have enough magnesium can help ensure a healthy heart, strong immune system, relieve muscle aches and pain, migraine relief and so much more.  For information on the benefits of magnesium please contact your Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

Many of the reasons people visit their Edmonton chiropractor is for the aches, pains and muscle spasms we sometimes experience.  Along with regular adjustments, magnesium can help relieve these issues.  When calcium levels are too high in the body, it can build in the muscles and joints causing pain.  One of magnesium’s jobs in the body is to calm and relax the cells.  It relaxes the muscles by driving out the excess calcium, thus reducing the pain.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can give you more information on magnesium.  Contact them at www.whitemudchiro.com

Migraines are another common ailment seen by your Edmonton chiropractor.  Any who has suffered from a migraine knows the pain and discomfort they can cause.  While the causes of migraines are still unknown, the pain is sometimes caused by a drastic change in the blood vessels which can cause a change in blood and oxygen flow to the brain.  Because magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, it can help relieve the pain of migraines.  For more information on migraine relief and magnesium, please contact your Edmonton chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

Back pain, headaches and stress can be the cause of or can be caused by insomnia.  Ensuring the body has enough magnesium can help reduce insomnia.  The theory behind a warm glass of milk works because milk has tryptophan, a precursor to melatonin, the hormone that tells our brain that it is time to sleep.  Calcium increases the body’s ability to take up tryptophan, however if magnesium is deficit, calcium can accumulate causing sleeplessness and muscle pain. Magnesium and calcium work together in the body.  For more information on any of these conditions how magnesium can work for you call your Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549 or check out the website www.whitemudchiro.com.

Healthy Tips for Travel this Summer

Posted: June 20, 2013
By: Dr Christie MacDonald

Ah summer, long weekends, camping, road trips, holidays and travel.  Summer is a great time of year; however, often our schedules are disrupted, exercise routines abandon, healthy eating habits disregarded and sleep patterns change.  All of this can lead to not feeling as well as you could, headaches, back pain, summer colds, just to name a few things.   So what are some things you can do to help keep ourselves healthy so we can enjoy our summers, whether you are jetting off to Europe or staying close to home, your Edmonton chiropractor can help you get the most out of your summer holidays.  For more information, check out www.whitemudchiro.com.

One of the most important things you can do is to keep yourself hydrated.  In the warm summer months, our bodies are losing more water than in the winter.  In addition to this, air conditioning and dry air in planes can also leave us feeling parched.  Drinking water can help reduce headaches and fatigue.  Be sure that if you are travelling that you drink only bottled filtered water to avoid contamination.  For more information on hydration, contact your Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549.

Take care of your feet.  Often holidays involve being on your feet a lot more than you are use to, whether it is hiking in the mountains, sightseeing in the cities or just at any of the local festivals.  Nothing can ruin your day more than sore feet.  Be sure to wear sturdy comfortable shoes, poor footwear can not only lead to sore feet, but can also lead to knee pain and back pain.  For more information on footwear, check out www.whitemudchiro.com.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can also recommend orthotics, to help give your feet a break and help prevent knee and back pain.  To book your appointment for orthotics, call us at 780-430-7549.

Probably the best thing you can do to stay healthy this summer is to keep up with your spinal health.  Regular visits to your Edmonton Chiropractor can help keep your spine in line.  Summer travel often includes sleeping in different beds, lugging heavy bags or sitting for long periods of time while in the car, plane or train.  All of these can lead to headaches, neck pain or back pain.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can help relieve all of these pains and keeping up with your regular routine can help prevent them before they start!  For more information on how to keep your spine healthy, check out www.whitemudchiro.com and call 780-430-7549 to book your chiropractic appointment today.