What exactly is Chiropractic? How can it Help Me or a Loved One?

What exactly is Chiropractic? How can it Help Me or a Loved One?
 
Chiropractic is not about treating conditions and illnesses. Instead, Chiropractic takes the stress off the body through adjustments and in doing so, the symptoms of those conditions subside and in some cases disappear.
 
Parents bring their kids in for colic, acid reflux, torticollis, flat spots on their heads, sports injuries, sensory processing disorder, ear infections, sleep problems, headaches, constipation, immune system function and overall well-being.
 
Adult patients come in for some of the same as well as many different reasons: neck and back pain, headaches, sinus problems, digestive issues, sports injuries and preventative / wellness care.
 
Let us help you heal from the inside out!

Essential Health Events Not to Miss!

Stay up to date on all the happenings at Essential Health offered to support your natural approach to health and healing

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Client Appreciation Day Saturday 1/19 !

Save the Date for Celebrating you!

 

We love our patients!

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to help you achieve your best state of health and wellness!

Come in for a morning of pampering!

Free chair massages between 930-1130am

Free Aroma Touch Hand Massage between 900-12oopm

Buy one Get one free Sauna Sessions

Rebel Ice Cream Raffle

Coupon for free initial consult with Dr Allie for friend or family member!

 

Sports Sprain, Tear, Strain? Chiropractic care can help!

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Can a Chiropractor Help After Sports Injury

If you’re an elite or recreational athlete, numerous demands of participating in a sport such as running, jumping and tackling puts your body at risk for painful tears, sprains, and strains.

Seeing a chiropractor can help you when you’ve suffered sports injuries and also help to prevent them.

Chiropractors treat and can help prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and ankle. Manual adjustment of the spine, ensures that bones are lined up and balanced, which helps relieve tension in the body. This allows the body to function better and become less susceptible to injury. The goal is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. This hands-on therapy is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also relieves pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body.

The main reasons athletes suffer sports injuries include forceful impacts, repetitive motions, over-training and failure to warm up properly. Adjustments can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury. Regular visits will promote quicker recovery after games and training as well as better balance and overall performance.

During spinal manipulation, a manual impulse in applied to an affected joint. This releases pressure in the joint and aligns muscles and joints so they work the way they’re supposed to.  In some cases, the impulse causes an audible cracking sounds, called cavitation, due to the release of gas that happens when the joint opens up and motion is restored.

Chiropractic care can also help you prevent injuries from occurring. Before beginning an exercise regimen or a sport, it’s recommended that athletes get evaluated by a chiropractor. We can check your muscles and spine to detect imbalance and alleviate tension so that the body can work naturally rather than be prone to injury.

 

Pain in the Foot! (Peripheral Neuropathy)? Adjustments Can be of Tremendous Help!

 

While about 60% of patients who suffer from diabetes also develop peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling, numbing and tickling in the extremities In addition to pain and numbness, the condition can include a variety of other symptoms such as prickling and throbbing or a freezing sensation. In addition, it can also damage the brain’s capacity to communicate properly with regions of the body.

While chiropractic care is not a ‘cure’ for peripheral neuropathy, it is an important part of an effective treatment program

Treatment programs that cover up the symptoms are ignoring the bigger problem. Dr Allie follows a ‘whole body’ approach to treatment, which means we start by addressing the underlying trigger for a patient’s pain; a diagnostic exam is conducted in order to identify the cause of the pain and understand which specialty of care is needed in addition to chiropractic care.

Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity of the motor nerve and sensory nerve damage, as well as help patients with the management of the disease. The pain symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy indicate poor health conditions and need to be evaluated carefully.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition often associated with diabetes, despite the fact it can also be caused by autoimmune disorders, tumors, nutritional imbalances or infections, and it can even be hereditary. The nerve disorder currently affects about 20 million people in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and while the symptoms may seem unimportant, early diagnosis may prevent further complications.

Everyone experiences peripheral neuropathy a little differently. For some individuals, the pain may come and go, while for others, the pain may be constant. As the condition worsens, individuals may experience coordination and balance loss, along with a freezing pain, muscle weakness or extreme sensitivity to touch. We urge anyone who may be experiencing these symptoms to seek treatment.

 

Ouch in the neck, back…Pinched Nerves? Chiropractic can help!

Don’t Irritate Your Nerves

The word “pinch” doesn’t usually bring a smile to our faces. In fact, it probably makes us think “ouch!” A pinched nerve is caused by too much pressure from surrounding tissues. The compression irritates the nerve and interrupts its ability to function properly. Pinched nerves most commonly occur in the neck or back (sciatica) and can also be an issue in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Nerves are most vulnerable at points in the body where they pass through narrow spaces and have little soft tissue protection.

Regular chiropractic care can keep your spine healthy and help you to avoid getting a pinched nerve in the first place.

Symptoms of a ‘pinched nerve’ may include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • ‘Pins and Needles’ Sensation
  • Weakness

A pinched nerve can decrease range of motion and cause muscle spasms. Notably, at some point most people can relate to what a pinched nerve in the neck feels like where it makes movement almost impossible and very painful.  Also referred to as a ‘stiff neck,’ walking, sitting, and literally just breathing can be excruciating!

If left untreated, pinched nerves can leave you with chronic pain and even permanent nerve damage. Chiropractic care can be very helpful in treating pinched nerves. An adjustment can relieve the pressure on a pinched nerve by removing any subluxations.

Be mindful of body positions to avoid pinched nerves. Maintain good posture when standing & sitting; when resting and sleeping, support the neck and hips properly; avoid leaning on the elbows; reduce the frequency of crossing your legs at the knee; and decrease repetitive activities. Use ergonomic principles at work and at home to decrease the risk of nerve injuries. If repetitive activities are necessary, incorporate frequent breaks to reduce the risk.

Amazing Patient Success Story

 

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My daughter is 6 years old and was diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor in 2012 at 4 months old. Since then she has tried many different chemo options as well as targeted therapies. Throughout the many different therapies she has experienced shrinkage and growth of her tumor. In March 2018 she discontinued use of the targeted therapy because her tumor was growing again. She was unable to attend school full time due to the pharmaceuticals she was taking which caused her to be tired and have low energy level. We were told by our oncologist that we exhausted all of our options and would have to have her spend 2 months in Boston for radiation and have surgery for partial tumor removal. As we were waiting to be scheduled to leave we heard Dr. Allie on the radio talking about cancer and decided to make an appointment with her. That decision was the best decision we ever made for our daughter! She told us about the benefits of Vitamin C infusions, frankincense oil, and diet change. We did not get the surgery or do radiation! We decided to follow Dr Allies advice and reclaim our daughters life! For the last 6 months our daughter has been getting Vitamin C infusions once a week, drinking frankincense water daily, drinking green juice daily, and eating little to no carbs as well as regular Chiropractic adjustments. We have seen a huge Improvement in her health! She has all of her energy back and is In school full time! She is off all pharmaceutical drugs and her tumor is shrinking and cells in the middle of the tumor are dead!! It is truly amazing to see everything turn around for our daughter and to watch her get her life back to being a kid again! We plan to continue on this path and have faith that our daughter will be free of this disease very soon!!

Thank you Dr Allie for all of your help!

 

Stressed? Excited? The Blues? Why am I over eating? Emotional eating strategies to cope!

Emotional stress can encourage comfort-food eating, overeating, and fat cells

Strategies to deal with emotional eating

Here are steps you can take to stop emotional eating episodes and break the cycle:

Visit a chiropractor.Your spine houses the nervous system. Chronic stress of any kind – and let’s face it, we all struggle with this to some degree – can impact muscle tension and contraction, putting uneven pressure on your skeleton and leading to subluxations. A chiropractor can help relieve stress’ pressure on your spine and also implement a diet, nutrient, and lifestyle protocol to help you better cope with emotional stress.

Learn to recognize hunger. Next time you reach for a snack, ask yourself what’s driving it. If you are truly hungry, you’ll notice physical symptoms, such as a growling stomach. Other, less obvious hunger cues include irritability and difficulty concentrating. If those signs are absent, you probably don’t need to eat right then.

Keep a journal. Take the time to create a “mood and food” journal. Write down what you eat each day, along with the emotions you were experiencing at the time and whether you were truly hungry. You may find that specific feelings, such anger or sadness, lead to your overeating. Once you recognize these triggers, you can learn healthier ways to deal with them.

Build a support network. Surround yourself with friends and family who support your efforts to change your eating habits. It may also be helpful to join a support group to meet other people with similar problems and learn better ways of coping.

Engage in an interesting activity. Finding an activity that you enjoy can increase self-confidence, which is often low in emotional eaters. Examples of these activities are yoga, playing a musical instrument, or painting.

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Is your Posture Perfect? Ways to straighten yourself out.

image of a bonsai tree. To most people, “good posture” simply means sitting and standing up straight. Few of us realize the importance of posture to our health and performance.

The human body craves alignment. When we are properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain. The big payoff with proper posture is that we feel healthier, have more energy, and move gracefully. So while the word “posture” may conjure up images of book-balancing, charm-school girls, it is not just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of your self.

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you cannot really be physically fit. Without good posture, you can actually damage your spine every time you exercise.

Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. But if you spend hours every day sitting in a chair, if you hunch forward or balance your weight primarily on one leg, the muscles of your neck and back have to carry the weight of the body rather than it being supported by the spine. The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect you not only physically, but emotionally, too – from the predictable shoulder and back pain to headaches, short attention span, and depression.

Poor posture distorts the alignment of bones, chronically tenses muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, “the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing.”

The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates a lot of chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones. This effect becomes more pronounced the further your posture deviates from your body’s center of balance.

To illustrate this idea further, think about carrying a briefcase. If you had to carry a briefcase with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would not fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.

In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.

Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much “bad” stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center. Bad stress can result from a poorly adjusted workstation at work, from not having your seat adjusted correctly in your car, or even from carrying too much weight around in a heavy purse or backpack.

The second is by applying “good” stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This is accomplished through a series of exercises, stretches, adjustments, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.

Patient Success Share

10/1/2018

Thank goodness for Dr. Allie!  The world needs more people like her because we would all feel better!

I was introduced to Dr. Allie by listening to her 100.1 FM radio show on my drive home from work.  I was intrigued by her topics she covered; headaches, sleep problems, fatigues, nutrition, anxiety, and depression.  I was intrigued by her commitment to achieve health without prescription drugs and surgery.

As someone who had constant neck and hip pain, I wanted to feel better so badly.  Since I have never been to a chiropractor, I wanted to take up Dr. Allie on a consultation.  She gave me an x-ray and pointed that I had neck problems.  I always assumed that my shoulders gave me pain, but it was really my neck that was giving my body so much grief.

Thankfully, Essential Health took my insurance so I could go get treatments.  Also, it was very easy to schedule appointments with Andrea, who is the Director of Patient Services.

Within a week, Dr. Allie’s adjustments were making me feel younger and more comfortable and thus, I started to sleep better.  She also gave me exercises for my neck.

I referred my best friend to her for adjustments.  She has had irregular menstrual issues.  Since seeing Dr. Allie, she got her first period in almost a year!  She’s ecstatic!

I love going to Essential Health; it is like a happy place for me.  Dr. Allie and her staff are always so warm and professional.  Her new office is spacious and well-lit.  I also love grabbing a healthy treat from the store

Whiplash? Try the natural way to alleviate the pain.. no meds needed!

When left untreated, whiplash can have profound long term consequences, including pain, loss of motion, even the early onset of arthritis.

Some motor vehicle accident injuries are severe and require immediate life-saving intervention by paramedics or hospital emergency department personnel.

Other injuries, such as whiplash, involve soft tissue damage to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck and back. When the forces transmitted during vehicular collision are strong enough to bend and distort steel, the forces are also strong enough to stretch and tear the muscles and ligament attachments in your neck and can sometimes  dislocate the neck and upper back joints out of their normal alignment.

Whiplash commonly involves neck strains and sprains — damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Tendons are the bands of soft tissue that connect muscles to bones, and ligaments connect bones to each other, supporting joints. When trauma to these tissues is intense, tearing will occur in these tissues and is referred to as strain/sprain. Tearing causes various degrees of bleeding and swelling in and around the joints causing scar tissue formation, often accompanied by pain; however, delays in the onset of pain are not uncommon.

When the body sustains trauma, the brain secretes endorphins, dopamine. They act as natural painkillers which can eclipse the pain, sometimes interfering with motor vehicle accident victims seeking prompt medical attention. It is a natural coping mechanism, but it sometimes distorts the extent of the damage and severity of the injury. During the early stages of the healing period pain messages may be interrupted by endorphins, therefore, if there is muscle spasm or movement feels restricted it is prudent to see a chiropractor to determine if the alignment has been shifted.

It is important to have misaligned bones realigned properly so the supporting ligaments don’t heal with the joints out of their juxtaposition as it will impair neck movement, function, and comfort later on.

To diagnose neck strain/sprain, you will need a thorough examination. You may also need X-rays, CT scans, MRI, or other diagnostic tests to rule out other problems like fractures, hemorrhage, concussion, slipped discs, or pinched nerves.

Treatment for Whiplash

Simple strain/sprain without dislocations can sometimes heal on their own. However, if there is a whiplash strain/sprain with dislocation or subluxation (less misaligned than dislocation) the neck will require realignment of the misaligned structures. If the joints haven’t realigned naturally on their own, they should be realigned by your chiropractic physician for optimal recovery.

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Announcing Traditional Nutrition Workshop Series

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Taught by TFC’s friends Lauren Jadovich and Hunter Bahre.

Flyer Here: NutritionWorkshopSchedule

Admission to each class is $10  |  RSVP to [email protected]

Schedule
April 16, 12:45-2:00pm Sourdough
May 10, 6:00-7:30pm Fermenting Vegetables
May 24, 6:00-7:30pm Sourdough
June 14, 6:00-7:30pm Kefir
July 19, 6:00-7:30pm Sprouting
August 16, 6:00-7:30pm Bone Broth
August 30, 6:00-7:30pm Fermenting Vegetables
About the workshops:
Sourdough

In this introductory workshop, you will create your very own sourdough starter for making all sorts of fermented baked goods. Learn about the history, science and the benefits of consuming sourdough, and sample several foods.

Fermenting Vegetables

Learn how to create your own sauerkraut! During this basic course you will create your very own sauerkraut, learn the process of fermenting vegetables and the benefits of consuming fermented foods, and sample a variety of fermented foods.

Kefir

Kefir is an ancient probiotic drink made by fermenting milk. Learn the benefits of consuming fermented milk in the form of kefir and how to make it. Each attendee will have the opportunity to take kefir grains to continue making at home!

Sprouting

Soaking and sprouting grains, legumes, beans, vegetables, and nuts decreases the anti-nutrients, while increasing digestibility. Learn how and why to sprout your food, learn the methods, sample sprouted foods, and become skilled at making your diets even more nutritionally dense.

Bone Broth

The art and science behind the age-old tradition of bone broth is new again. Join us to learn the benefits of consuming bone broth. Come learn why and how to make bone broth and incorporate it into your diet.

 

Join our Team!

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TFC seeks additional folks to join our growing team, helping to assemble customer orders!

We have “meat day” one day per month, approximately 9am – 2pm, typically on a Friday. We expect this to increase to 2x per month in the near future. You would be part of a roster of meat helpers who would let us know if you’re available on a given month based on our delivery schedule.

If you can assist there’s a lot in it for you.  The job pays a fair hourly wage but has the phenomenal benefit of being able to buy meat for your household use at cost, plus receive a store discount for products bought on “meat packaging day”.

You will work with a team of energetic, health-minded and service-oriented folks, be physically able to work in a 40 degree walk-in refrigerator and move boxes of meat.

Living within 10 miles of TFC’s Farmington store is a plus. If you wish to be considered please email Heidi at [email protected]

Prepared foods to begin week of June 30 – here’s some teasers

Our prepared foods is scheduled to begin the week of June 30! Chef Bill Klar dropped off a sample of the opening selections and ingredients….

**Mexican Style Chili**
Grass fed ground beef
Beans
onions
peppers red and green
crushed tomatoes
garlic
cumin
oregano
basil
chili powder
oil
coriander
fresh cilantro
chilies

**Italian style meatballs**
Grass fed ground beef
Crushed tomatoes
Garlic
Organic eggs
onions
basil
oregano
thyme
Onions
Garlic
Mushrooms
Tomatoes
Basil
Oregano
Salt
Pepper

**Indian chicken curry**
Organic chicken thighs
Onions
Garlic
Carrots
Celery
Mushrooms
Curry powder
Graham Marsala
Oil
Coriander seeds
Cilantro
Cumin
Chilies
Yogurt

**Onion soup with Miso**
Onions
Oil
Garlic
Leeks
Miso
Thyme
Black pepper

**Minestrone with spouted pasta**
Onions
Celery
Garlic
Carrots
Plum tomatoes
Mushrooms, crimini
White beans
Oregano
Basil
Thyme
Sprouted Pasta
Olive oil

**Kale salad**
Organic Kale
Beets
Onions
Garlic
Lemon juice
Cilantro
Mustard
Sesame seeds
Walnuts

**Cobb salad**
Mixed greens
Organic eggs
Pastured bacon bits
Diced tomato
Watercress
Avocado
Diced organic chicken
Crumbled organic cheese
Dressing
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Mustard
Garlic
Worcestershire sauce
Lemon juice

**Roasted garlic hummus **
Garbanzo beans
Garlic
Lemons
Cilantro
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Tahini
Roasted garlic

**Spicy Black bean dip **
Black beans
Tomatoes
Roasted onions
Garlic
Cumin
Basil
Lemon juice
Hot sauce
Cilantro

**Roasted root veggies **
Onions
Garlic
Beets
Turnips
Daikon
Olive oil
Cider vinegar
Thyme
Basil
Soy sauce

Ratatouille
Onions
Garlic
Zucchini
Eggplant
Plum tomatoes
Yellow squash
Basil
Red wine vinegar
Pine nuts

Coming soon – local lamb

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Check our coolers soon for natural, pasture-raised lamb from our new partners at Sepe Farm of Newtown, CT.
We’ll have a basic selection of cuts on hand, but if anyone is interested in ordering a whole leg we can get it for you — they run about 8-12 lb.  Can get you a whole lamb, too!