Stressed Out and In Pain? Here’s the Connection

A stressed-out lifestyle breeds physical pain 

Stress, anxiety, depression; all of these symptoms influence each other and have a knock-on effect on your physical health. Your body’s natural defense mechanism to stress is to tighten- muscles tighten involuntarily and remain that way until the stress passes. But if you live a lifestyle with chronically high-stress levels, there is a chance that your body will remain chronically tight. Tense muscles create a pull on the spine that can have a devastating effect on spinal health and wellness. By contributing to misalignment and nerve impingement, stress is effectively hastening the natural degeneration of our spines and leaving you at risk for the development of seriously painful spinal conditions. So what’s the solution? Read on to find out how we help.

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Chiropractic As a Holiday Gift Option

As the holiday season approaches, this year you may be looking to purchase gifts that keep on giving, and chiropractic treatment is one gift you can give that provides a host of health and wellness benefits to gift recipients of all ages.

Sure, a chiropractic adjustment might not be the perfect stocking stuffer for a ten-year-old, but one simple adjustment would be a great thing to give someone in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties, and beyond.

The holiday season can be stressful — we all have people we’d like to shower with presents. But we have to work long hours at our stressful jobs in order to have the purchasing power required to procure said gifts. Once you make it through the holiday finish line, chiropractic treatment might even be a great little gift to give yourself.

One simple treatment at Holmes Chiropractic provides the following benefits:

  • Drug-free pain relief
  • Improved Flexibility
  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Better Mental Cognition
  • Improved Digestion
  • Clears the Sinuses
  • Reduces or Eliminates Headaches
  • Promotes a Better Night of Sleep
  • Natural Mood Booster

If you’re interested in purchasing chiropractic treatment as a gift, contact Holmes Chiropractic today. We have multiple gift options that will fit just about any budget. Chiropractic makes the perfect gift for patients from all walks of life.

Healthy Thanksgiving Food Options

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It doesn’t matter if you plan to have a few low-risk family/friends over for Thanksgiving (if your local government permits, that is) or if you’re planning on throwing a socially distant Thanksgiving, it’s a good idea to have some nutritious options in lieu of the normal comfort food. Keeping your health in mind during this holiday season will only serve you well during this time.

As far as healthy Thanksgiving dish options, first make sure you have your vegetable situation in check. Provide salad options that include spinach and kale, not to mention healthy add-ons like walnuts, almonds, beets, celery, sprouts, radishes, and more.

Next double-down on that veggie foundation and provide a few vegetable side dishes. Veggie casseroles, yam dishes, and broccoli dishes are good side options.

Next, make sure that your source of protein is clean. Going organic is a good idea. Be thoughtful and provide a plant-based protein option for those in your family who do not eat meat.

Chiropractic treatment is a wonderful compliment to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Our treatments aren’t just for those who get injured at Holmes Chiropractic. We provide our wellness treatments to members of the entire family experiencing any circumstances life throws their way. Contact us today to learn more about how our treatments can help make a healthier you.

Q4 Wellness Check-in With Holmes Chiropractic

Now that November is in full swing we figure it’s a good idea to do a little fourth quarter of the year check-in with ourselves so we can see where we’re at as far as our health and wellness goals are concerned.

Chances are many of us had to make some adjustments related to lockdowns, depending on how much the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our individual lives. Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few ways you can do a self-assessment — that way you can make any health and wellness adjustments necessary to finish out a productive year.

First, ask yourself how you feel on a daily basis. Do you feel energized at the start of each day and are you currently able to carry out all your work and errands successfully each day? Or are you feeling bogged down, exhausted, and overwhelmed. A healthy diet, proper hydration, exercise, and a good night of sleep — these are all things that should be helping you feel amazing. If you’re not doing them, we highly suggest building up new habits.

Getting outdoors is essential, even during the cold time of year. When we visit nature, it has a way of putting things into perspective. Do a few nature outings to close out the year — you’ll feel good about things and you might even come up with some good resolutions for the coming year.

Take an honest look at where you’re at physically. Are you feeling strong, able, and in shape? Or are you feeling weaker than usual, lethargic, and soft in areas where you used to be firm? Being honest with yourself will help you make any key adjustments moving forward so you can achieve the results you’re looking for.

If you have any questions about how chiropractic treatment makes an excellent gift for the holiday season, contact Holmes Chiropractic today.

3 Benefits to Working Out Outdoors

Even if you can only get outside for a portion of your exercise routine this Fall and Winter, it’s still a great idea to take your workouts outdoors for a number of health benefits.

Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few of the benefits of working out “al fresco.”

1.) The All-Natural Mood Booster

Working out outside is a natural antidepressant and will help boost your mood. Sunshine helps increase serotonin and releases endorphins — a one-two punch naturally designed to make you feel amazing.

2.) Operate Off of Self-Propulsion

Running outside will work different muscles in your legs and your body since you’re no longer running on the treadmill, which provides a healthy amount of mechanical assistance. Every inch you travel outdoors while running is earned by you.

3.) It’s Zero Cost

Working out outdoors means you no longer have to spend money on a gym membership since running and doing your exercises outside is absolutely free.

PRO TIPS: Invest in excellent outerwear as well as workout equipment — you and your workout routine are both worth it. Holmes Chiropractic is here in case you experience any tension, aches, pains, or even injuries due to your newly active outdoor lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about our all-natural, drug-free treatments.