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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:56

Earlier this month, we celebrated "Sleep Awareness" week by wearing our pajamas to work! We just want to let people know that if you are struggling to get good sleep, your chiropractor might have some answers for you. 

 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:36

Benefits of Magnesium

The body needs many different minerals to be considered truly healthy, and magnesium is definitely on the list. According to Harvard Health, this one nutrient alone is important for many bodily functions, including muscle contraction, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure. It also helps promote healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium has another important function within the body as well. It assists with relaxation!

 How magnesium relaxes the body

When there is too much calcium and insufficient magnesium inside a cell, you can get sustained muscle contraction. This means more “twitches, spasms and cramping.

  • Smooth muscles directed by too much calcium and insufficient magnesium could tighten the bronchial tract, causing asthma.
  • Insufficient amounts of magnesium in the diet can also lead to periods that are more painful and uterine cramping.
  • Hypertension, which affects a large portion of the population experiences spasms within the blood vessels.

Signs of a potential magnesium deficiency

There are many physical signs of a diet that is deficient in magnesium. These include experiencing chest pains, having heart palpitations, issues with constipation or kidney stones, and muscle soreness or cramps. This deficiency can also appear via feelings of numbness, insomnia, and ringing in the ears. Other consequences may include; anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and irritability. Thus, getting enough of this nutrient daily is important not only for its relaxing qualities but also for maximum physical and mental health.

How to increase magnesium intake

Magnesium is found naturally in leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. However, with as much processed food as many Americans consume, many people don’t get enough in the everyday diet, and only about 30 to 40 percent of what you consume is actually absorbed and utilized by the body.

That’s why we often promote increased magnesium intake for patients who experience muscle tension and migraines. Supplements are an easier way to get the recommended daily dose of magnesium for many patients. In most cases, we suggest taking 100 to 250 milligrams daily at bedtime to start. Too much magnesium taken too quickly can cause digestive upset.

This month Inver Grove Chiropractic and Wellness is promoting sleep awareness. We are featuring magnesium rich Benesom®, Myocalm®, and Myocalm PM® at 10% off regular prices.

References

Dean, C., (2006). The Magnesium Miracle. New York, NY: Ballentine.

Kaur, S. D., Danylak-Arhanic, M., Dean, C., (2005). The Complete Natural Medicine Guide To Women's Health. New York, NY: Ballentine.

Harvard Health Publication., What You Should Know About Magnesium, http://www.health.harvard.edu., Accessed March, 2017.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:43

You are not alone if you struggle with sleep. About half of the U.S. population report, they occasionally do not get enough sleep, while nearly 10% admit to experiencing chronic insomnia. If a lack of sleep is starting to affect your concentration, memory, or mood, you may have a bigger problem. Look for the root of the problem rather than masking with sleeping pills that come with a host of negative side effects.

Some sleep issues are a symptom of underlying conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, emotional disorders like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Other possible causes include arthritis, asthma, headaches, hyperthyroidism, gastrointestinal disorders, or menopause.

For many others, it may be a lifestyle issue. A lack of physical activity, working irregular hours, taking care of the kids, or increased stress loads can lead to a restless night. Abuse of recreational drugs or alcohol, or too much caffeine may lead to insufficient deep sleep.

So, what’s the big deal? Sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to catching a cold. It affects your body’s ability to fight off colds and flu and slows recovery from bacterial infections. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to traffic accidents, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

Chiropractic care and wellness adjustments help you to relax. It also improves the blood flow in the nervous system and corrects any misalignments or subluxations in the spine. These subluxations compress the nerves and cause lack of communication between the spine and the brain. These subluxations lead to a process called stress response, which puts the body out of balance, and do not let the body rest. We adjust these subluxations with safe and careful techniques to get your body to function normally.

Along with chiropractic care, sleep issues can be improved with lifestyle changes:

  • Limited intake of caffeine
  • Eating dinner before six in the evening
  • Avoiding television and computer time an hour before bed
  • Staying active by doing regular exercises (not too close to bedtime)
  • Avoiding excess alcohol
  • Investing in a good supportive mattress and pillow that support your spine
  • Set a daily routine

Many people have felt that their sleep has improved after getting regular wellness adjustments. Regular chiropractic care can improve the symptoms and conditions of insomnia patients, which improves the quality of life. Chiropractic care is much safer than most prescription sleep aids.

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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