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Can We Cure It? Find Care for More than Your Back

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.

Be Rested: Don’t Be Crabby!

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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Be Focused: A Functional Approach to ADHD

“ADD is not a Ritalin deficiency.” This insightful quote is central to Dr. Hyman’s discussion on healing the body to heal the mind and reverse ADD/ADHD. Prescribed stimulants are not your final option for helping your child (or yourself!) overcome an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. More and more research is confirming that healing and balancing the body is necessary to heal and balance the mind. Watch this great video by Dr. Hyman on how Functional Medicine can reverse ADHD and then schedule your Functional Medicine appointment at Lake Pointe to begin healing your body and balancing your mind.

 

Be Focused: Improving Memory

brain-951871_1920Memory need a little tune up? We’ve all heard that exercising your brain via games, new experiences, and gaining new skills can be helpful in maintaining memory, but did you know that exercising your body or eating your veggies could help too? Dr. Mercola’s article on improving memory lists 7 simple lifestyle steps to a better memory. His easy-to-follow advice lists these:

1. Eat right.

2. Exercise.

3. Stop multitasking.

4. Get a good night’s sleep.

5. Play brain games.

6. Master a new skill.

7. Try mnemonic devices.

He adds in a few bonus tips at the end to take you the extra mile. Check out the entire article here and schedule a consult with your Functional Medicine doctor at Lake Pointe to get a customized plan on how to improve memory and cognitive health through lifestyle and nutrition.

Be Focused: Alzheimer’s Isn’t the End

cemetery-1670234_1920Among the most debilitating and tragic of illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease is becoming increasingly, alarmingly common in our society. Many see this diagnosis as a final sentence, a slow demise of mind and body, a difficult passage into a foggy future. But did you know that Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive decline don’t have to have the final word? If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s be encouraged that Functional Medicine can treat this and other cognitive illnesses effectively and that it can be as simple as some lifestyle changes. Dr. Perlmutter dispels many of the myths about Alzheimer’s in his post, Five Incredible Alzheimer’s Facts You Probably Don’t Know. He enumerates what anyone experiencing cognitive decline could wish for: that there is hope, the condition is not only preventable, but reversible, and that it doesn’t have to happen as a course of aging. For the full article, click here. Then get on the phone to schedule time with one of our Functional Medicine doctors and address the root cause of cognitive decline or get a headstart on keeping your brain healthy.
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