Neck pain? Back pain? You could use a chiropractor! But that isn’t all the chiropractor is good for! Chiropractic care has been shown effective in treating a host of conditions that don’t always present themselves with back or neck pain. Have a kiddo who suffers frequent ear infections? Is your infant colicky, having trouble latching, or dealing with reflux? Is your immune system down and you’re fighting off a cold? Is sinus congestion ruining your day? Chiropractic is a great first choice for addressing these and other conditions. Realigning the spine to help restore proper function and communication is an important step in prompting healing in the body. Make your chiropractor your primary care doctor!

January is the time to Be Informed! We’d love to find out what questions you have and what you’d like to learn about. Click the link below and take a moment to check off a few boxes in the 1 question survey provided. Let us know what you’re curious about!

 

 

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January is always the month we highlight the most foundational aspect of any healthy lifestyle. We call it Be Informed. Without accurate information and a proper perspective, forming goals and addressing areas of opportunity is nearly impossible. The first step to establishing healthy habits and achievable goals is to gather your data.

Our bodies boast a complex communications system constantly exchanging data between cells and systems. Unfortunately, interpreting this data isn’t always as simple. What is this headache telling me? Why are my muscles twitchy? What made my digestion suddenly stop working and how come sleep isn’t as easy as it once was? Gathering data doesn’t always simplify things either. So what if my chlorides are high? I don’t see how that impacts anything!

Gathering data is only the first step; interpreting data and determining how to change that data is your best starting point. That’s exactly what your doctor at Lake Pointe has been trained to do. During a Functional Physical, you’ll take a look at your health history and test a series of biomarkers to gather important information on how your body is functioning. Then your doctor will interpret those results (and any recent test results you may bring in) and combine that data with your health history to form an accurate conclusion regarding the health of your body. From this vantage point, sighting your health goals on the horizon is simplified. Suddenly the numbers are actually communicating something, in a moment your symptoms and your data can be superimposed to form a clear picture. Not only will you gain a better understanding of what all the data means but your doctor will help you form a plan to change that data to better reflect your wishes. There’s no better time to start gathering the facts and forming a plan. Schedule now and Be Informed.

What initially brought you to Lake Pointe? Was it that morning you woke up and couldn’t turn your head? Was it the tragic results of your attempts at conquering that yard work? Was it that time after the Olympics that you HAD to try out cupping? Was it a desperate, last-ditch effort to solve your infant’s digestion troubles? Patients find themselves at Lake Pointe for a variety of reasons. Maybe yours is low back pain, but did you know that necks, backs, and sore muscles aren’t our only area of expertise? The chiropractors have extensive training and experience in Functional Medicine, an approach that focuses on determining the root cause of disease and works to restore functionality to correct and heal the problem. Many patients have found relief from chronic health complaints and the list of conditions treated by our doctors continues to grow:

Auto-immunity

Digestive complaints

Allergies and sensitivities

Diabetes

Obesity

Cancer

Hormonal imbalances

Parasites

Heartburn

Insomnia

Cognitive and mental health concerns

ADHD

Arthritis

Cardiac health

Inflammation

Toxicity

Lyme’s Disease

and more! Maybe you found us because you tweaked your back; now you can continue care and let us help you tweak your health! We’d love the opportunity to partner with you to achieve your health goals.

Wow! 2016 is almost over! In less than 48 hours, 2017 will have arrived! Reflecting on the closing year is a prime opportunity to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What have you accomplished? Where could you use more support? What needs cleared out? What could be built up? Are there circumstances that have influenced you? How will you turn them into an action plan? What is your first step?

Initially it may seem overwhelming to catalog your thoughts, emotions, accomplishments, and set-backs. However, taking time to truly assess your well-being and honestly face your circumstances will allow a better foundation from which to start building a better outcome in 2017. Find out where you are at on your internal map so you can formulate a solid plan on where you want to go in 2017.

Maybe 2016 was full of goals met, moments celebrated, progress, peace, and things coming together. We wish this for each and every one of you! If so, take that momentum right into the New Year, with bigger and better plans on climbing higher in 2017! Maybe 2016 held brokenness, illness, loss, difficulty, failure, struggle, or conflict. While we at Lake Pointe would wish you a better set of circumstances and a more joyful place to stand today, we also realize that this is a reality in many lives at any moment and honor the truth that there are times when each of us is not ok. If you find yourself in this category, take a moment, openly assess where you find yourself mentally and emotionally and use that information to power your journey upward.

The functional medicine doctors at Lake Pointe understand the intricate connection between mental and emotional health and physical health. Feeling blue can be the result of any number of factors from circumstantial difficulty to low Vitamin D levels to poor gut health. Regardless of what might be getting you down, there are ways to support your physiology for stronger mental and emotional health. It’s ok to not be ok. However, finding the right support is key in your plan to regain, recover, and restart. True wellness is more than the lack of physical illness, but incorporates the health and balance of body, mind, and spirit. If any of these is not functioning properly, the whole is unwell. Partnering with a functional medicine doctor can help set you on your journey from maybe-not-so-ok to more balanced moods and mental health. Schedule a consult with your Lake Pointe practitioner to put together a customized plan for wellness. Call 612-922-8100 to get started. And may 2017 be a happy year!

Did you do any shopping this week? Any driving? Any work? You could probably use a deep breath then. The world outside seems to be rushing by at an incredible rate, many things to do and places to be crowd the calendars, work demands, relational hardships, financial struggle… any or all of these can contribute to chronic stress responses in the body. More and more, we learn that chronically elevated levels of stress response chemicals can precipitate a wide variety of ailments making stress reduction an imperative piece of a healthy lifestyle. One of the simplest techniques to reduce stress is deep breathing.

Just taking a few seconds to take a deep breath can make quite a difference in one’s outlook, emotions, and physical responses to a stressful situation. According to an article from The Nourished Life, deep breathing can benefit in the following ways:

  1. Your muscles relax.
  2. Oxygen levels improve.
  3. Your blood pressure lowers.
  4. Endorphins are released.
  5. Detoxification improves.

Check out the details on these benefits by reading the rest of the post here. Also, check out techniques for deep breathing and how to incorporate it into your daily routines.

Fascinating research is confirming that choosing more cheery body language can translate into the physiological responses that make us feel better! In just a matter of minutes, chemical changes take place in the body (and brain!) in response to particular postures or poses. These responses, however, work both ways… choosing a despondent posture or shuffling around looking at your feet can keep you feeling low as much as lifting your chin and producing a smile can make your spirits soar. Turns out that body language not only informs others, but it informs us!
Amy Cuddy, social psychologist, has spent years researching how body language impacts our own physiological responses. In her TED Talk on this very topic, she explains the profound impact on the body and mind when one simply assumed a more “powerful” pose for as little as 2 minutes prior to entering a stressful situation.  Not only did the test show differences in how others perceived the test subjects, but revealed that the internal chemistry of the subjects shifted in relation to whether they had assumed a positive or negative stance prior to testing. Imagine how your mind and body could be impacted by more consistent changes in body language and posture if it only took 2 minutes to shift biochemistry in test subjects! For the full take on this intriguing research, check out the video below:
A May 2015 article by Live Happy Magazine enumerates 6 quick ways to give yourself a little boost by just engaging your body in a positive action, posture, or facial expression:
1.  Add a little bounce to your step. Walking in an upbeat and cheerful manner can positively affect mood and memory!
2.  Smile!!!! It could boost your immune system, release endorphins, and help you recover from stressful situations.
3.  Assume a “power pose.” (See Amy’s TED Talk in the video above!) Standing like a victor or superhero can reduce stress hormones and promote feel-good chemistry, helping you feel more confident.
4.  Mirror someone. Loosely acclimating your body language to that of whomever you are engaging with can help to produce trust. Once that trust is established, your partner may then mirror you!
5.  Let out some laughter! Genuine laughter reaps a host of benefits for the body. Laughing with others reduces isolation! Quick! Share a joke with your neighbor!
6.  Spread out. Stress tends to encourage us to hunch up, fold arms, close our posture, and make our bodies generally smaller. Opening your posture and inhabiting more space is a natural way to tell your body you are confident and haven’t lost control.
Try to incorporate a new technique each day this week. Let us know how it impacts your day!
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coffee“Do you suffer from anxiety? Then you know how quickly it can derail even the best and brightest of mornings, sending it quickly into a dismal day. It steals your focus, saps your energy, and holds you hostage while your efficiency and productivity sit bound and gagged in the corner. If you could reduce the incidence of anxiety, imagine the benefits you’d see popping up in all areas of your life. For me, one of the triggers of anxiety that I quickly identified was caffeine. That hot cuppa joe left me feeling not so hot… jittery, anxious, on edge, revved up, upset tummy, worried mind. It didn’t take long to see the pattern: caffeine in the morning, anxiety attack soon to follow. My body was weakened, my adrenals a wreck, and the toxicity of regular coffee, the over-stimulation of the high caffeine content, mixed with my complex health conditions almost always left me feeling miserable. But when you’re adrenally fatigued, low energy can be a problem. And thus the vicious cycle: wake up tired, drink coffee, feel revved up and anxious for several hours. Once I pin-pointed caffeine as the culprit, I was quick to eliminate it, diligently trying to heal my body and remove anything that I knew was such an obvious trigger for anxiety. I missed my coffee but I didn’t miss anxiety! A few years later, the docs at Lake Pointe introduced me to Organo Coffee, each cup containing Ganoderma, a well-researched extract that boasts health benefits ranging from calming effects to anti-inflammatory properties to immune modulation. Now, if I want coffee, I can choose Organo and feel better. Incidence of anxiety from caffeine has been drastically reduced and if I grab a regular cup of coffee instead of my regular Organo, I can usually tell the difference pretty soon. If you find that caffeine triggers negative effects in your body, try Organo. You may find that the benefits of the Ganoderma bring better balance to your body.” – N

hat-591973-1January isn’t far away. (YIKES!) Who wants to resolve to Be Happy in 2017?! Below is a mega-list of attributes and habits shared by happy people. Habits have to be carefully cultivating, requiring effort and dedication for lasting impact, so rather than trying to tackle the whole list (and then getting tackled by your zealous commitment…), choose a few of the habits listed below and make a plan now to incorporate them into your life in the coming year. Take intentional steps toward happiness!
1.  Keep yourself busy (don’t get bored), but don’t allow life to get rushed (don’t get overwhelmed).
2.  Maintain a handful of close relationships… preferably with happy people.
3.  Don’t allow your happiness to be tied solely to external sources.
4.  Cultivate resilience. Keep getting back up!
5.  Actively try to be happy. Be the decision maker when it comes to your attitude.
6.  Exercise.
7.  Look for good in everything and appreciate the small and simple pleasures life presents.
8.  Be generous. Spend some of your time and resources giving to others.
9.  Don’t avoid discomfort if it’s leading to mastery. Struggle is part of progress. Keep at it!
10.  Find a hobby or activity that you can get lost in. Let yourself get carried away once in awhile!
11.  Choose to spend on experiences more often than you do on things.
12.  Seek out opportunities for in-person connections (rather than opting for social media or text messaging).
13.  Engage in deeper conversation.
14.  Learn to listen.
15.  Get enough sleep!
16.  Listen to music.
17.  Get outside more often.
18.  Follow your dreams.
19.  Make time for your spiritual health.
20.  Change your body language (check out our recent post on this!)
Check out some of the research behind these habits and benefits of making them part of your life by checking out this post on 99U and this article by the Huffington Post. Make happiness a habit!
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ostrich-992753_1280How many times have you seen the seemingly insurmountable woes of an overtired child cured miraculously by naptime? It’s simple enough to recognize sleep deprivation for what it is when your toddler gets fussy or you can’t keep the kids from squabbling in the backseat, but it can be all too easy to forget that the same basic needs of infants and children don’t disappear as we age. Food, water, shelter, relationship, clothing, touch….. sleep. Each of us needs it and we probably only fool ourselves if we think we can get by without it. Not only is the body prone to suffer when we don’t get adequate rest, but cognitive and emotional health take a hit as well. In his article on the effects of sleep deprivation, Dr. Mercola lists many of the results of even one night of poor sleep including slower reaction time, poor memory and learning capabilities, declines in cognitive processes, and heightened emotional response. Regarding the latter he states:

“As your reaction time and cognition slows, your emotions will be kicked into high gear. This means that arguments with co-workers or your spouse are likely, and you’re probably going to be at fault for blowing things out of proportion.

The amygdala controls basic emotions like fear and anger. As discussed in the film, another area of your brain called your frontal cortex, plays a key role in the regulation of emotions, and sleep is vital for its function.

When you’re well rested, your frontal cortex is nicely connected to your amygdala—that deep emotional center—and works almost like “a break to your emotional gas pedal.”

Sleep deprivation causes a disconnect between these two brain centers, allowing your emotions to run amok. Sleep deprivation also plays an important role in mental illness, and tends to result in more adverse psychiatric outcomes.”

Prioritizing sleep can result in mental clarity and better emotional stability. Approach complex and challenging emotional situations from a stronger, more stable place by getting the recommended 8+ hours each night. Your body will thank you, your mind will thank you, your heart will thank you, your friends (and family, and coworkers, and community) will thank you!

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