Knee Pain Got You Down?

Many people believe that chiropractic care is just about the back. However, at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we know that the back is only one area of the body. Dr. Supnick is experienced at treating the extremities of the bodies including major joints that carry the bulk of the body’s mass from day to day. One such joint is the knee. Just as living life with back pain is quite inhibiting, so is living life with knee pain.

Forms of Knee Pain

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Two common forms of arthritis in the knees are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The decomposition of the cartilage around the knee is the cause of osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with the swelling and inflammation of the knee joints.

Sports Injuries

Whether participating in team sports such as soccer, football, and hockey, or individual sports such as cycling and running, all athletes are at risk of injury. This is true across the board for professional and ameteur athletes. Common knee injuries plaguing athletes include cartilage damage, sprained or torn ligaments such as the ACL, and torn menisci.

Shifted Pain

Another cause of knee injury can come from pain elsewhere in the body. At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we have seen many patients over the year that have compensated for a foot injury, back injury, or knee injury by adjusting their walking pattern in order to reduce pain. Ultimately, when one is in so much pain that normal comfortable walking is not possible, the body is prone to sustain injury in areas that are not used to bearing the weight.

Dr. Supnick is an experienced chiropractor and fully capable when it comes to extremity treatments including knees. If you have found that alternatives such as pain killers are simply not releiving your knee pain, consider the power of chiropractic care. Contact us at 770-749-7594 today!

3 Tips to Manage your Stress

The holidays are a time of joy, love, and togetherness. But the holidays can also be a big source of stress. Between work and family obligations, people stretch themselves too thin during the holiday season, which can lead to many health problems. Stress isn’t just about feeling overwhelmed, but can lead to fatigue, headaches, back pain, and many other problems that impact your daily life.

So in order to ensure that you can not only get through the chaos of the holiday season, but actually get to enjoy time with friends and family, here are a few tips to managing stressful situations over the next few weeks.

1. Pad your schedule. One reason people get stressed is because they have too much going on. Make sure you include time in your schedule to take breaks and recharge so you don’t get too overwhelmed.Avoid Stress

2. Lean on your support system. While you’re surrounded by people who care about you, let them be a support system for you. Talk to friends and family when you’re feeling overwhelmed and ask for their advice in handling difficult situations. You may be surprised with the help you get!

3. Focus on the moments. Stress can come when we’re too caught up in the big picture and making everything work together. Instead, focus on each moment individually, and getting through that moment to the next one.

The holidays should be a time of joy and family. And if you can find ways to manage the stress that sometimes comes from the holidays, you’ll be able to enjoy the time with friends and family, and make great memories to last until next year.

Here are more tips for handling the chaos of daily life.

 

 

Chiropractic Methods

Basic Principles of the Gonstead Chiropractic Method

The pelvic girdle forms the body’s foundation and when this is level there is balance and stability in the spinal column. When any of the hip bones or lower bones of the back becomes rotated out of position, startling changes happen. Rotation of these bones causes pressure on the discs separating the vertebrae.

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Nature often kicks in and the body can adjust and re-position the bones into place; however, there are times when it too much for the body to adjust itself. The pads between the vertebrae will swell and protrude when there is a misalignment on the disc. A fundamental part of the Gonstead method is the ability to find these misalignments and correct them.

When the space between the spinal bones narrows or cuts off and kinks in your spinal column, it is called “subluxation.” The nerve ending becomes pinched at this point and interrupts the nerve signal which then causes pain, degeneration of the muscle and loss of function. The Gonstead application method is to adjust the back, removing pressure from the nerve and restoring joint function. The nerve function is restored as well as the nerve path which regains the ability to send and receive impulses.

Activator Chiropractic Method

The same conditions of the spinal column are addressed with the Activator Chiropractic Method as they are with the Gonstead Method. The difference is in the application of relief. The Activator is a technique using a spring loaded tool called, an Activator. This tool replaces the manual form of manipulating the spine and often reduces the jolting of the patient. The doctor continuously “pops” the vertebra with the activator until it has been realigned.

Both procedures have many followers. It appears it is one’s personal preference as each style claims to work best. For more information and to have your questions answered about restoring nerve function contact Dr. Supnick at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw.

Get Those Kiddos Moving!

It won’t be long and ‘tis the season will be the season we are in. Between the Thanksgiving Feasts, and Roast Beast at Christmas, how is one to keep tabs on the waistline? While many adults battle the addition of the winter weight each year, what about the kiddos? We’ve seen the First Lady’s initiatives through the Let’s Move campaign, and we know that childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. Fortunately, living in 2015, many of us have a smartphone and are ready to take advantage of those apps. Here are a few favorite apps to keep kids moving along with the adults who love them in Kennesaw and beyond!Canton, GA

Zombies Run

Let’s face it, zombies are a big thing right now. From television to festivals and conventions, there are a lot of zombie fanatics. With all things zombie, we couldn’t resist sharing the Zombies Run app. Fun for kids, and motivating for adults, this app will have you running faster than fast as you try to outrun the zombies that are surely on your tail!

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic allows children (and adults) to see the connection between food consumption and calorie intake. Input specific foods and you’ll find out just how long it will take to burn off those calories. This app is geared toward helping kids understand that small changes can make big differences.

NFL Play 360

The NFL has gotten involved in the movement to keep kids moving. Check out the NFL Play 60 app with promises to get kids moving in a fun running game in which they have to mirror the character on the screen.

GoNoodle

GoNoodle is actually not an app. It is a web-based program designed to get kids moving. While it is primarily used in classrooms across the country for brain breaks, it is also perfectly acceptable for home use. Kids of all ages have fun with gonoodle.com.

Speaking of online, don’t forget to schedule your next adjustment with Dr. Supnick at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw. Keep that body aligned so that you can keep moving!

Tis the Season for Holiday Stress?

Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la…Well, the radio may be oozing Christmas music, and the department stores may be decked out in Christmas decor, but if you live with chronic pain this may not be such a jolly time of year. Added stresses of holiday shopping and to-do lists that seem to be miles long only add to the basic aches and pains that those with chronic pain experience. All of this seasonal and holiday preparing can cause headaches as well.Avoid the Stress

At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw we have some tips that we like to share at the beginning of the holiday season. These tips are specifically related to holiday shopping. Two tips that we want to highlight include the fact that regular trips should be taken during holiday shopping, and if at all possible, do your Christmas and holiday shopping without children. Read on to revisit the details:

Take Frequent Breaks

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed while shopping. Don’t worry about fitting it all in at once. If you are unable to break shopping up over several days with trips here or there and you need to dedicate a whole day to shopping, here are a few tips to help out:

  • Stay hydrated. You may want to carry a water bottle with you.
  • Take breaks at least every 45 minutes. You may even want to take breaks more frequently, but taking a break to collect your thoughts, organize your list, and de-stress with a break away from crowds can help.
  • Add smart fuel to the mix. Skip the burger and fries at the mall’s food court and opt for a salad and fruit instead.

Shop Without Children

We are parents too, so we know that this one is not always possible. However, if at all possible take advantage of a sitter or family for your shopping expedition. With many of the stores getting into their busy seasons, they are getting more crowded. Taking the little ones with you can add a whole new element of stress to the mix.

Even when following these tips, there are still many other stressful side effects with the holiday season. The Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw is here to assist should you suffer from stress headaches or other aches and pains associated with holiday stress. Contact us at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw for your holiday adjustment.

Migraines Got You Down?

They always come at the wrong time because there is no good time for a migraine. If you suffer from migraines, half the battle is knowing what triggers lead to the occurrence. Fluctuations in blood flow are known as part of the cause behind migraines. These fluctuations my be triggered by alcohol, sleep issues, medications, loud noises, stress, bright lights, or hormonal changes.

How Prevalent Are Migraines?Chiropractic Care

Around 37 million individuals in the United States suffer from migraines according to the National Headache Foundation. Throbbing pain, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, noise sensitivity, and light sensitivity are all associated with migraines. Some sufferers even experience sleepiness, neck pain, and a difficulty in thinking after the migraine is over. Unfortunately, there is no common cure for migraine sufferers, but there are options to help reduce the associated symptoms including chiropractic care.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help Migraines?

Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive way to treat migraines. With chiropractic, there is no risk of side effects from pain killers. Spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation, which involves making sure that the bones and disks along your spine are in alignment, is something that chiropractors specialize in. When bones or joints are misaligned, pain and irritation can result.

Chiropractic care for migraines focuses on ensuring that the vertebrae in your upper back and neck are in the correct alignment. As a result, tension in the upper back and neck is released, and in many cases the risk of developing migraines is reduced. Spinal adjustments are also known to relieve stress, which is one of the common triggers that can cause migraines.

Is Chiropractic Care Effective for Migraines?

While results vary depending on the individual, chiropractic care has successfully reduced the occurrence of migraines in many individuals, as well as the severity of the pain these headaches cause. In addition to recommending chiropractic care, it is important to keep in mind that lifestyle changes may reduce migraines, as well. This may mean avoiding triggers and practicing stress reduction techniques. One of our favorite stress reducers is calm.com. Go ahead and take a moment to check it out for a quick break in your day.

Are you ready to try another method in dealing with those migraines? Contact the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw today!

Walk in the Park

At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we’re all about health and wellness. We believe that part of daily health and wellness includes daily exercise. Last year, we told all of our patients to, “Take a hike!” and shared some fun tips for getting out and getting active in the area. We have had so much fun encouraging everyone to take a hike, that we wanted to remind you that living an active lifestyle can be a walk in the park.

Again, walk the park is a common idiom like take a hike. And while it may refer to something being easy, we literally want to tell you to take a walk in the park! With the American Heart Association recommending at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, we think that taking a walk in the park is a great way to work toward that goal.

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Whether you hike or walk, you will be working toward getting the suggested amount of physical activity. To help encourage you to get out and literally take a take a walk in the park, we’ve got some helpful suggestions:

1. County Parks

There are plenty of opportunities to visit parks in Cobb County. With 38 parks listed in the Cobb County Parks and Facilities Directory, there are plenty of locations for more than just walking to take place. Facilities exist for soccer, softball, play, and more!

2. National Parks

Kennesaw is home to a park maintained by the National Park Service. If you’ve not stopped by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, then you are in for a treat. This is a great location for those that like a little more difficulty in their walk as a walk up the mountain is more like a hike. We should also mention that this is a great day trip for history lovers.

3. Walk for a Cause

Atlanta is a great location for numerous 5K events. These are a great way to help raise funds and awareness for a variety of organizations. Check out this database of local 5Ks for running or walking. Exercising is a great thing, but exercising for a cause equals two great things!

If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to contact us. And let us know if you have any favorite parks or suggestions to help our patients take a walk!

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and spice, and everything nice.

When that comes to your health, it is not necessary true. We’ve shared before on the scary truth about sugar, but felt it was time to share again. Don’t get us wrong, at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we are not strangers to sugar. We like it. Especially when it comes to O’Neil’s cookies!added sugar

We merely want to share that most individuals have no idea how much sugar they are actually consuming on a daily basis. Here are the facts according to MDhealth.com when it comes to just how much sugar you should be having.

Sugar Consumption Facts

  • Women should have 24 grams (or less) of sugar each day. This equals about 6 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Men should have 36 grams (or less) of sugar each day. This equals about 9 teaspoons of sugar.

Comparing Sugar

For the general public, the truth remains that most individuals consume much more than the recommended amount of sugar. Common culprits that take sugar intake beyond the recommended levels include soda, candy, white bread, cereals, and granola bars.

When looking at the label of a 12 oz can of Coca Cola it is easy to see that it contains 39 grams of sugar. It may taste good, but wow that’s a lot of sugar! That amount is equivalent to about 9 and 1/3 teaspoons of sugar. Enjoying one sugary can of Coca Cola will put you over your daily limit.

Additional foods that contain surprising amounts of added sugar include tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, fruit flavored yogurt, salad dressings, and soups. Some of these things may not seem like they would have a lot of sugar in them at first glance. It is for this reason that it is important as a consumer to take the time and read labels carefully. Paying close attention to labels is worth the time it takes.

If you have additional questions regarding sugar consumption or general health and wellness, call the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw at 770-262-1909.

Extremity Adjustments to Manage Knee Pain

Are there ways to prevent knee pain? At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw we’re determined to offer a few suggestions to help in preventing knee pain.

One key ingredient in preventing knee pain is to maintain a healthy weight. Weight gain can be hard on the joints. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise can help in maintaining the ideal weight for your height. Stretching before and after your workout is especially helpful when including cardiovascular exercise. Knee braces provide extra support if you are already prone to knee injury.knee pain

Adjusting nutrition habits may assist in reducing joint pain naturally. Processed foods can contribute to inflamed joints. Avoiding foods that have a refined sugars and that are high in trans-fats will reduce inflammation and pain. Suggested anti-inflammatory foods include organic fruits and vegetables, natural grass raised animals, wild caught fish, and organic eggs from range free chickens.

While maintaining an ideal weight through exercise, and eating a healthy diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods, it is still possible that you may suffer from knee pain. Chiropractic adjustments, including extremity adjustments, can help in keeping joints in line. Contact the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw to make an appointment today!

Healthy Lunch Options for the Kids

Homework, sports practice, after school activities, and the daily grind make healthy eating take a backseat during the school year. What are parents supposed to do when trying to keep up with the hectic schedule and keep healthy meals a priority too?

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One way to help kids stay healthy is through providing healthy snacks. Start your children off with healthy snacking choices by providing healthy snacks for lunch sides, school snacks, and after-school snacks. Children are not always drawn to healthy choices based on product marketing geared toward them. However, with healthy options provided, children will tend to choose healthier options such as the following:

  • String Cheese
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Low fat and reduced sodium crackers
  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Bananas

Active Kids are Healthy Kids

In addition to healthy eating, we encourage all kids and adults to get out and get active. Walking, running, hiking, roller skating, and tons of other options are all great ways to keep kids active and healthy. Plenty of exercise if just what the doctor has ordered!

Eating healthy and getting exercise are two great ways to keep kids healthy. The Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw understands that a healthy body is maintained when you consider the whole body. At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we are committed to providing quality care and promoting healthy lifestyles. Contact us today at 770-262-1909 to schedule an appointment for you or any other member of your family.