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Family Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can be a safe and beneficial resource for your family in many different ways. Oftentimes chiropractors are viewed as individuals who specialize in treating back and neck pain. In reality, chiropractors seek to treat a variety of different health conditions using more natural and holistic methods. 

In many cases, people think about seeing a chiropractor because they are in pain. Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain, then there is nothing wrong with them. Unfortunately, pain is a relatively poor indicator of health, and is frequently a symptom that appears after a disease or other condition has advanced. 

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, the first goal is to begin reducing your symptoms. With consistent chiropractic care over longer periods of time, the goal will be to promote better health and wellness through treatment to prevent symptoms from developing in the first place. 

Another common misconception about chiropractic treatment is that it can only be applied to adults. Despite what many people think, chiropractic care is not only for adults, and it is becoming more common for children to visit chiropractors, as well. Many of the methods and healing procedures performed by chiropractors are non-invasive and do not require the use of medications. We often don’t consider how delicate a child’s body can be, and what can be done to better protect them. Chiropractic care can be supportive in promoting better overall health and wellness in children and adolescents. 

Benefits of Family Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a gentle, effective approach to health and wellness that is safe for the entire family. This includes everyone from babies and children, to adults and seniors. Chiropractic care focuses on rectifying subluxations that are interfering with your body’s internal communications system and causing health problems. Subluxations are a slight misalignment within the vertebrae, and even small misalignments of the spine can create problems that span all over different areas of the body. 

Like adults, infants and children can suffer from spine misalignments. Infancy and childhood can be an important time to look for subluxations because they are times of such rapid growth and development. The brain and spine play key roles in ensuring that your nervous system is working properly. When your nervous system is not working properly, this can affect the brain to body communications that are needed for your body to be healthy.

Chiropractic not only assists in proper alignment of the spine and neck, but it also helps to clear the neural pathways. In turn, this provides additional support to the nervous system to promote better function, which is vital to healthy living. Due to chiropractic’s full-body approach, it’s a good foundation for regular exercise, healthy eating, and a healthy overall lifestyle in kids.

Chiropractic care can effectively treat various health conditions and provide support for many different family lifestyles. Chiropractic adjustments and treatment are known for helping families by:

  • Promoting healthier living
  • Treating injuries
  • Helping with sleep
  • Treating common childhood ailments (flu, earaches, asthma, etc…)
  • Aiding breastfeeding
  • Cost-effectiveness

When it comes to your family, health is a top priority. If you think that chiropractic care is something that can benefit your or members of your family, then we highly encourage you to reach out. Our very own Dr. Robert Torgrimson has been providing chiropractic care to families in the Duluth area for over 30 years. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Chiropractic Care For Athletes

Chiropractic care can be an incredibly beneficial resource for athletes. No matter your age, level of competition, or sport that you choose to play, one quality that all athletes share amongst them is their competitive spirit. Many athletes seek out different ways to improve their performance against their opponents, especially when it comes to maintaining proper health. In order for an athlete to perform at their highest level, they need their body and mind to function at a high level too. Chiropractic care can be one way to help achieve this. 

Sports require a lot of physical movements and put a lot more stress on an athlete’s body compared to a typical person. In turn, this means athletes are more prone to experiencing pain or injury. Many chiropractors specialize in sports-related injuries and provide personalized chiropractic care for athletes. Common sports related injuries and ailments that chiropractors treat include sprains/strains, muscle aches, knee/leg pain, and back pain. Continue reading to understand some of the benefits that chiropractic care can offer to athletes. 

Injury Prevention

Many athletes wait until after an injury occurs to seek treatment from a medical professional. The truth is that there are many steps one can take before suffering an injury to actually help prevent them from happening in the first place. Chiropractic care involves using a broad range of techniques to ensure that the spine is in alignment, which also helps in keeping the rest of your bodily functions working properly and effectively.

Chiropractors are more than just back and neck doctors, they are also educated in fields of nutritional science and nutrition counseling. A chiropractic physician can assist an athlete in proper diet and nutrition, sleep guidelines, and proper training strategies that can be utilized as a life-long habit.

Injury Treatment and Pain Relief

When an athlete experiences an injury, they often want to treat it quickly so that they can return to the playing field as quickly as possible. Unfortunately if an athlete does not allow their body to heal properly, there can be more severe or even additional injuries as a result. Chiropractors are well trained and educated within the field of rehabilitative exercise. Many rehabilitative chiropractic treatments help reduce swelling and inflammation in an athlete’s body so it can heal quickly and completely. Chiropractic care also helps promote healthy blood flow throughout the body, which may speed up recovery.

When receiving a spinal alignment, your chiropractor is seeking to treat subluxations. A subluxation is what’s known as a slight misalignment within the vertebrae, and even small misalignments of the spine can create problems that span all over different areas of the body. A chiropractor understands exactly how to detect potential sources of misalignment within the spine. Ensuring that the spine is in proper alignment can also help in keeping the rest of your bodily functions working properly and effectively.

Chiropractic care utilizes a broad range of holistic and non-invasive techniques. Drugs are not always the best option for an athlete facing a serious injury. Not only do they carry the risk of addiction, but they aren’t really helping you heal faster. Instead they’re just masking the pain for a short period of time. Many studies have shown that chiropractic treatment helps athletes recover from injuries faster without the need for painkillers or invasive surgery.

Increased Performance

A misaligned spine or a knee injury can interfere with the functions of all other systems within the body since all parts of the body are connected. This can cause athletic performance to suffer. When athletes seek chiropractic care and are getting regular adjustments, this keeps the spine working smoothly and in turn, helps ensure that other body parts are functioning properly.

With regular chiropractic care, an athlete may notice increased flexibility and reduced muscle stiffness. Now when experiencing less soreness and body tightness, an athlete is able to stretch their muscles more easily and have an increased range of motion, which may help them run faster or catch balls easier. This helps meet the physical demands of the sport while decreasing the risk of injuries from pulled muscles. 

If you are an athlete, or perhaps the parent or friend of an athlete, and want to learn more about how chiropractic care can play a role in your athletic endeavors, then we highly encourage you to reach out.  Our Duluth Chiropractor Dr. Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of experience treating sports related injuries and working with athletes to maintain positive health outcomes. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Summer Lifestlyes and Chiropractic

As the spring months begin to wrap up and the weather outside becomes more inviting, many of us are starting to look forward to the various activities and lifestyle changes brought to us by summer. This can be a season full of leisure and relaxation, but it’s also a time where we feel more inclined to engage in physical activity. With fewer responsibilities, warmer weather, and a more carefree attitude, summer is a great time to improve your overall physical and mental well-being. 

However, after many months spent dormant and less active, this sudden burst of physical activity can lead to some certain unexpected health problems. Your body might not be ready to endure all of the additional stress that it will garner, and it doesn’t  take much for pain and injury to occur. Before you charge into summer head on, it is important to self evaluate and determine what your body will be capable of taking on. 

Realizing what your body is capable of doing, (or not doing), and understanding what it takes to keep your body and mind in good health is crucial. This can help you to enjoy a full summer of fun while feeling good and pain-free. Luckily, your health and happiness can be maintained by ensuring chiropractic care is part of your summer wellness routine. Continue reading to learn more about how chiropractic care can be beneficial to your summer adventures. 

Healing Support For Injuries

Injuries to the body can happen anytime and anywhere. In some cases injury is unavoidable or caused by an accident. In other cases injury could have been avoided had an individual known what their body was capable of handling. Whatever the case may be, physical injuries do seem to happen more frequently during the summer, likely due to the expanded range of activities that are available to us. 

Oftentimes injuries are caused by a fall or hard impact with a surface, which can cause harm to the area of the body that receives the impact. Other parts of the body that didn’t receive the physical impact can be injured as well due to sudden movements made in order to brace for the collision. New and unfamiliar movements, or just an overall increase in movements of the body can also lead to injury. Overactivity can cause strain and stress to your joints and muscles, which can lead to more serious pain and injury over time if not treated properly. 

Even the seemingly simpler and less demanding physical activities like riding a bike or golfing can lead to an injury at some point. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one of the best and most effective ways at treating injuries to the body. Chiropractic adjustments can help you to recover quickly from soreness and muscle fatigue while also working to prevent future problems from materializing later on. 

Maintaining Improved Health Longer

Chiropractic care can certainly be a great resource for improving your wellness during the summer months, but it doesn’t have to end there. The benefits of chiropractic treatment are not just limited to one specific time period, it is something that you can use to support positive health and well-being year round. 

Postural problems related to long periods of inactivity are another one of the main ailments the chiropractors will treat. Many folks who spend most of their days working a desk job, or folks who simply don’t have the time or ability to partake in more physical activity can end up experiencing health issues as well. Chiropractic care involves using a broad range of techniques to ensure that the spine is in alignment, which also helps in keeping the rest of your bodily functions working properly and effectively. Many of the aches and pains you might be experiencing from your desk job can be addressed through regular sessions and adjustments with a chiropractor.

When receiving a spinal alignment, your chiropractor is seeking to treat subluxations. A subluxation is what’s known as a slight misalignment within the vertebrae, and even small misalignments of the spine can create problems that span all over different areas of the body. A chiropractor understands exactly how to detect potential sources of misalignment within the spine. 

Chiropractic adjustments on a specific inflamed area of the body can reduce stress on the nervous system, allowing it to better communicate with the rest of the body. In addition to their healing support, chiropractic adjustments can actually help to boost your immune system, which can come in handy once cold and flu season roll around. Chiropractors are more than just back and neck doctors, they are also educated in fields of nutritional science, nutrition counseling, and rehabilitative exercise.

If you think chiropractic care is something that can become a part of your summer routine, or can benefit you in some other areas of life, then we highly encourage you to reach out. Our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of professional experience treating various types of ailments and conditions. Our team at Associated Chiropractic Physicians will work with you to create a personalized course of treatment suited specifically to meet your needs. If you are interested in learning more, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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How The Spine Affects Your Entire Body

The spine is one of the most important parts of the body. Most of us think of the spine just as a network of bones, muscles, and tendons that span from our necks down to our tailbone. We know that without our spines, most of us wouldn’t be able to move our bodies in ways that we have become accustomed to, such as standing upright or bending over. 

While the unique anatomy of the human spine allows us to move in ways that most other living things can’t, it also plays a critical role in maintaining the health of our other bodily functions as well. However our spinal health is something that many of us overlook, or simply just don’t understand enough. In many cases, poor spinal health can be attributed to ailments of the body that are not even related to the areas surrounding the neck or back. 

Even conditions like poor mental health, which aren’t physical in nature, can be traced back to poor spinal health. By having a better understanding of what the spine is and how it functions, we might in turn achieve more positive overall health outcomes for ourselves. 

What Exactly Is The Spine?

Your spine might not be something that you think about a lot, but it is actually one of the most important parts of your body. It is made up of 33 bones, 120 muscles, 100 joints, and about 220 ligaments. Those 33 small bones within the spine are called vertebrae, and they are stacked on top of each other creating three major curves or segments along the spine.

Between each vertebra is a soft, gel-like cushion called a disc that helps absorb pressure and keeps the bones from rubbing against each other. The spine gives your body structure and support. Under healthy conditions, it allows you to move freely and with much flexibility. While the spine plays a crucial role in bodily movement, it is also designed to protect the spinal cord, which is just as important. The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain with the rest of the body. 

This large collection of nerve tissues carries messages from your brain and delivers them throughout the body, allowing you to actually control the movements that you want your body to make. Each vertebra has a hole in the center, so when they stack on top of each other they form a hollow tube that holds and protects the entire spinal cord and its nerve roots. Needless to say, it’s a very complex system, which is one of the main reasons why many of us don’t fully comprehend its functions and its influences on overall health.

The Importance of Spinal Health

Due to the complex nature of its operating parts, the spine is more vulnerable to developing problems over time that can negatively impact your overall health. One of the more well-known issues that can arise from poor spinal health is back pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association, up to 80% of Americans will deal with back pain at some point in their lives. When dealing with back pain you may be lacking the certain flexibility and mobility required to carry out certain tasks. Everyday bodily movements such as getting in and out of bed, going to work, or spending time playing with your kids can become much harder to manage when dealing with back pain. 

Additionally, since the spine plays a part in your central nervous system, it also plays an important role in your mental health. Certain misalignments of the spine can trigger responses leading to hormonal imbalances, migraines, and headaches. In turn this can cause mood changes, lowered emotions, and a decrease in energy which could affect things like sleep quality and how one responds to stress. 

Given the spine’s central role in both the central nervous system and musculoskeletal structure, it is essential that we treat and manage it with care. Having a healthy spine allows your brain and spinal cord to work together in order to carry out all of your bodily functions. No matter your age, having a healthy spine is crucial when it comes to living a more healthy and productive life. 

Chiropractic care can be one of the most beneficial tools for individuals looking to maintain proper spinal health. One of the primary things that chiropractors look for when treating patients are misalignments – or subluxations – of the spine. The spine is a very complex and sensitive area of the body, and even small misalignments of the spine can create problems that span all over different areas of the body.

The good news is that with the proper care and treatment, a chiropractor can help keep your spine in alignment, which in turn can keep you healthier and happier. Our Duluth Chiropractor Dr. Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of experience treating patients with various ailments related to the spine. If you have issues related to spinal health, or are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care could benefit you, then we highly encourage you to reach out to us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Chiropractic Care and Your Immune System

With the increased presence of COVID-19, many of us have taken additional steps to understand the functions of our immune system and learn about different ways we can protect ourselves from getting sick. Despite the many challenges that COVID has caused us to deal with, one of the benefits of the pandemic is a greater public awareness of not only our own health, but also in protecting the health of those around us. 

With a greater public interest related to health, more of us have become educated on building healthier lifestyle choices that can have a positive impact on our overall well-being. Whether it be through better diet choices, a new exercise regimen, or maintaining a healthier weight, surely there have been new habits added to your daily routines at some point during the pandemic to assist your immune system and protect yourself from ailments and illnesses. Combining these types of habits along with increased personal hygiene and sanitation efforts can have a profound impact on yourself, but it can also help protect those around you as well. 

Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly or people already dealing with pre-existing ailments, are likely to face more frequent and severe symptoms when their bodies are compromised by infections and disease. We’ve likely elevated the frequency of already learned simple tasks such as washing and sanitizing our hands, as well as adding newer more unfamiliar approaches such as masking and social distancing. Whether we are aware of it or not, we have naturally adopted certain methods into our daily lives to help safeguard others, perhaps without even personally knowing who they are. 

While these new formed lifestyle choices are a positive trend in the right direction, there are also other steps that individuals can take to better protect themselves, their families, and others within their communities. For some, these new changes might be enough to supplement their health now, but for many it either isn’t enough or they are still lacking the proper education and support that they need to continue building positive impacts on their health later down the road. Luckily, there are reasonable and practical options out there for those looking to help boost their immune system and overall health. One of those options is by receiving regular chiropractic care.

How Chiropractic Care Can Boost Your Immune System

To learn how chiropractic care can benefit your immune system, it is important to first understand what your immune system really looks like. Made up of various organs, cells and proteins, the immune system plays a vital role in keeping us alive and healthy. Over the course of our entire life, the immune system keeps our bodies safe from harmful germs, viruses, substances, and potential cell changes that could cause us to fall ill. 

A strong immune system will support your body and allow it to quickly and effectively release antibodies when harmful compounds are detected. Sometimes our immune systems will become compromised due to a broad range of factors, and in some cases, with few answers as to why or how. Some people with compromised immune systems will spend years trying to find the answers and understand why their condition seems to be so severe when compared to others. 

This is where chiropractic care can be particularly helpful in addressing certain deficiencies within the immune system. Chiropractic care seeks to improve the function of the nervous system and the bodily functions. The nervous system and the immune system are both hardwired to work together in order to create optimal responses within the body and to relay information amongst its various functioning parts, such as the brain and organs. 

The nervous system sends information to the brain from all over the body and can actually directly influence receptors in the immune system. The brain has the ability to use nerve cells to communicate directly with the immune system and trigger an immune response, and vice versa. The immune system can send signals to the brain to let it know of any foreign, unwanted antigens, and in turn the brain can then tell the nervous system how it should respond accordingly. Adjustments on a specific inflamed area of the body can reduce stress on the nervous system, allowing it to better communicate with the rest of the body. The better your nervous system can function and communicate, the better the rest of your body can function and communicate.

Any sort of dysfunction within the body can throw off the balance of your immune system. Your immune system is essentially pushed into overdrive all the time when something in your body is sending “threat” signals. It is sometimes the case that a subluxation in your spine is the cause of a serious dysfunction within your central nervous system. A subluxation is what’s known as a slight misalignment within the vertebrae, and it is what a chiropractor seeks to treat when providing care. 

If you are someone who deals with immune system deficiencies, or are looking to further boost your immune system in some way, then you may be considering the option of receiving chiropractic care. A chiropractor understands exactly how to detect potential sources of misalignment within the spine. Chiropractic adjustments on a specific inflamed area of the body can reduce stress on the nervous system, allowing it to better communicate with the rest of the body. If your nervous system can function and communicate better, then so too will the rest of your body. 

Chiropractors do more than just perform adjustments, they are also experts in nutritional counseling and nutrition science, and can assist you in multiple different aspects when it comes to immune health. They can provide you with personalized diet plans and certain exercise regimens that cater to your specific needs which can also encourage better immune health. Our Duluth Chiropractor Dr. Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of experience treating various ailments through the holistic approach of chiropractic care. 

If you are interested in learning more about our chiropractic services, then we highly encourage you to reach out to us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Losing Weight With Chiropractic Care

With summer just around the corner, you might be looking to shed some excess weight and begin to tip that pesky scale back in your favor. For many of us, we find that over the long winter months we tend to become less active and spend more time indoors because it is simply too cold to spend enjoyable time outside – especially in Minnesota. 

Along with less bodily activity, our diets and nutritional intake begin to shift in the wrong direction as well. We might find ourselves indulging in “heartier” meals because we are under the impression that we need to “fatten up” in order to stay comfortably warm throughout the harsh winter. These meals tend to include foods with higher fat content and more carbohydrates, leading to more overall caloric intake. 

This is a completely natural tendency to have, in fact we are all inclined to make these choices whether we know it or not. It is a well known evolutionary trait for humans in colder climates to naturally overeat because historically, food was more scarce and harder to come by during the winter months. However, nowadays most of us have easy access to food resources, and are able to control what and how much we eat when comparing ourselves to our ancestors. 

With that, we should be more mindful of what we put into our bodies and begin to avoid living our lives under the facade that we need to eat more during the winter. The truth is we should always be striving to eat healthier and finding the means to exercise our bodies year round, not just during the months where it is more convenient for us. 

Why is Losing Weight so Hard?

There is no denying that for most of us, it can be very difficult to lose weight on our own. We might try new fad diets, exercise routines, or supplements and cleanses in hopes of finding a quick fix to a long term solution. In many cases we might see instant results, then over time our results and goals begin to plateau and we lose the motivation to continue moving forward and resort back to our old unhealthy habits. 

In other cases, these new behaviors that we think are helping us get healthier are actually harming us. A lot of the diet and exercise trends you may see on TV or on social media are far too extreme and can actually lead to decreased physical and mental performances in your daily life. That, coincidentally enough, is the side of life that your favorite actor or social media influencer isn’t going to let you see when they introduce you to these so-called “trends”. 

Nevertheless, maintaining a healthy weight is still something that we should view as being extremely important. Obesity is a serious issue that we face in the United States, and is a condition that can lead to severe consequences for our health. Some of the most common health problems attributed to obesity include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis among many others. By losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight you can help avoid these troubling health problems and work towards living a longer and more enjoyable life.

Chiropractic Care and Weight Loss

There are many different factors when it comes to weight loss, all differentiating between the certain traits and characteristics that vary from person to person. Depending on your current weight, age, sex, genetics, and metabolism, it can be difficult to understand and determine the most effective route that you should take when it comes to losing weight. Fortunately, for those who may need some extra help in understanding and making decisions related to their weight, chiropractic care is a logical and natural option. 

Chiropractors are more than just back and neck doctors, they are also educated in fields of nutritional science, nutrition counseling, and rehabilitative exercise. Chiropractors are more than capable of providing assistance related to weight loss, and can help you achieve your weight loss goals under more safe and controlled circumstances. A chiropractor can personally work with you to determine specialized nutrition plans and exercise regimens based on your specific needs and personal factors, such as your age and metabolism. Our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson has specialized in nutritional counseling and weight loss for over 30 years.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can also be beneficial when it comes to weight loss. By getting regular adjustments, a chiropractor is treating subluxations, or dysfunctions of the spine, which are likely causing issues with your central nervous system. When your nervous system isn’t functioning properly, this means that your brain isn’t properly communicating with the rest of your body and vice versa. By better aligning the spine, your chiropractor is aiding the many bodily systems within you, and helping to restore and improve their functions. This improved communication inside your body can ultimately reduce inflammation and support your metabolism making it easier to burn fat. In turn, that will create better performance during exercise and enable your body to burn more calories. 

If you are interested in learning more about our weight loss and nutritional counseling services, or are someone who thinks that they can benefit from chiropractic care in any way, then we highly encourage you to reach out to us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Tips for Working at Home With Your Chiropractor

When the global COVID-19 pandemic first struck, many of us quickly found ourselves having to shift from working at an office to working from home, in hopes of limiting the spread of disease by creating less close contact. As we continue to move forward with COVID still intertwined in some way with our daily lives, some of us have not returned to the office and continue to work from home, and in many cases will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. While some people may find this to be quite beneficial and have had no problem adapting to this new lifestyle, others may find that working from home is causing them some issues that they didn’t have, or didn’t previously notice when working in an office setting. 

These problems can be related to the stresses of the work itself, or they can also be attributed to the new mental and physical obstacles that have begun to pop up as we spend more time at home. A lot of these concerns already existed when working at the office anyways, but working from home can increase their frequency or cause them to worsen altogether. Chiropractors treat patients all the time who are dealing with the bodily stresses that an office setting can create. The good news is that there are measures that can be taken so that you feel less discomfort when working from home, and in turn might even help you be more productive as well. We have compiled a list of our three most helpful tips to consider when working from home. 

Exercise Your Body Regularly 

Sitting still for many hours and constantly staring at the screens of our computers can have quite a few negative consequences for our physical and mental well-being. When working at home, we might often choose to avoid or just simply forget to take natural breaks that might present themselves more conveniently in an office environment. Gathering at the water cooler with colleagues, walking over to the printer, or simply just commuting to work itself are all situations that will cease to occur when working from your home office. Regular breaks to move our bodies are crucial because it allows us to stretch, relax our mind, and increase blood flow throughout our body. It is important to set reminders for yourself to move your body while working. If you find yourself getting easily wrapped up in your work, consider setting alarms or reminders for yourself to get up and move around. Whether it’s simple stretching exercises or going to make a cup of coffee, some form of consistent movement throughout the day is better than none at all. Outside of work hours we also encourage you to partake in 30 minutes to one hour of vigorous exercise daily for further physical and mental stimulation that gets neglected while at work. 

Avoid Stress

Believe it or not, the functions of your mind can have a direct correlation with the well-being of the rest of your body. Avoiding and reducing stress is one of the best ways to ensure that your physical well-being maintains a healthy level too. Stress can cause all types of negative physical changes within the body. Some of the most common physical side effects of stress include headaches, muscle tension or pain, and fatigue. Inevitably we all face stressful situations stemming from our work life, however it is something that should not be ignored. Some ways to reduce stress include focused deep breathing exercises, simply taking a walk, and partaking in leisure activities.

Receive Regular Chiropractic Care

Postural problems related to sitting for long periods of time are some of the most common ailments that all chiropractors will regularly treat. People who work in an office setting, and ones who now work from home, can typically benefit from receiving regular chiropractic treatments. Chiropractic care involves using a broad range of techniques to ensure that the spine is in alignment, which also helps in keeping the rest of your bodily functions working properly and effectively. Many of the aches and pains you might be experiencing from your desk job can be addressed through regular sessions and adjustments with a chiropractor. Our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of professional experience treating ailments stemming from the workplace environment. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, we highly encourage you to reach out to us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, which can cause pain, discomfort, and stiffness throughout the joints and the body. Common symptoms of arthritis include swelling, joint pain and stiffness, and decreased range of motion — all of which typically worsen with age. Arthritis is a common disease that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with yearly, yet it is still a misunderstood disease. There are multiple types of the disease with ranges in severity, making it one of the leading causes of disability in America.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help:

  • Reduces Inflammation: Joint pain occurs because of joint inflammation. While pain medications have the ability to alleviate the pain temporarily, they do not directly deal with the source of said pain. The intent of chiropractic care is to directly treat the source of pain. The therapeutic methods of chiropractic treatment aim to increase blood circulation and decrease inflammation.
  • Flexibility: Chiropractic care can also stretch your muscles and tissues by administering a limited amount of force manually or by means of an instrument. Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body, thus reducing inflammation and increasing range of motion.
  • Removes soreness: A chiropractor will make adjustments to the neck or spine to reduce joint inflammation, improve joint functioning and alleviate pain. Oftentimes this is accompanied by massage techniques to provide further relief of soreness from arthritis. 
  • No Side Effects: Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to treating and caring for the body. Chiropractic practitioners will first examine a new patient’s medical history and perform a physical exam before consulting with the patient. This will lead to a decision regarding the course of action that is appropriate for the patient. 

Chiropractic care can be a great option for managing and relieving pain caused by arthritis. Routine chiropractic care provides those who deal with arthritis a safe, non-invasive, and non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids or over-the-counter pain medications which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain. Chiropractors do not seek to simply suppress pain, but rather they seek to directly treat the source of pain. If you feel as if you can benefit from chiropractic care to treat arthritis and joint pain, we urge you to make an appointment with us. Our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson has over 30 years of professional chiropractic experience. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Tips For Stress Relief

Chronic stress can be a contributing factor to many major diseases and health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Stress is a common part of life, and many people in American society suffer from chronic stress every day. Stress may be common, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing, and that we should continue to ignore it. Stress can have a serious negative effect on your overall health and wellness when you’re feeling overwhelmed. That’s why it’s important to have effective ways to relieve it, to help calm both your body and mind. 

Focus on Deep Breathing – Breathing techniques can be a great and effective way to control your overall stress level. Within just a few minutes, breathing can help to calm your mind and body. A common technique includes breathing in through your nose and feeling your belly fill with air. Count slowly to three as you inhale. Hold for one second and then slowly breathe out through your nose as you count to three again.

Taking a Walk – Exercise is another great way to relieve stress, and it can begin to work within a few minutes. Whether you need to get up from your office for a while to escape the stresses of the workplace, or take a stroll to your local park after work, walking is a fantastic way to reset your mind. It also carries the benefit of added exercise, which will help improve physical well being. 

Partake in Leisure Activities – Many of us find ourselves feeling too busy and too overwhelmed with the constraints of our daily lives leaving us with less time to enjoy things that we like to do. However, partaking in leisure activities and hobbies can be another excellent way to reduce stress. Finding ways to set time aside in our daily schedules can be a key to helping yourself feel the best, and when you feel better you might find yourself functioning better on a daily basis. 

If you feel like you deal with chronic stress on a regular basis, and could benefit from chiropractic care, we may be able to help. Our Duluth Chiropractor Dr. Robert Torgimson has over 30 years of experience treating stress related conditions. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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Car Accident Tips from your Chiropractor

Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life that most of us will eventually experience, and while the vast majority of accidents are not serious, they can still cause lasting effects to our health and well-being. Back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain can result from car accidents. These injuries have the potential to linger and transform into chronic conditions that last for longer periods of time. Following these tips from your Duluth Chiropractor can help minimize these effects, and guide you towards a more healthy well-being. 

Prevention is Key

Avoiding car accidents altogether is the most significant way to ensure that you remain injury-free. Obviously, certain car accidents can’t be avoided, but you can take some measures to reduce the likelihood of them occurring. Avoiding tendencies that can lead to distractions behind the wheel, such as texting while driving, can help you to avoid trouble on the road. This is likely the most practical advice to keep yourselves, and others, out of harm’s way and avoiding serious injury. It’s also a bad idea to get behind the wheel when you are tired, upset, or angry. Experiencing strong emotions or struggling to stay awake while operating a motor vehicle is another way that can lead to disturbances on the road. Always make sure you get the proper amount of sleep so that you feel refreshed and alert while driving a motor vehicle.

Healthy Bodies Heal Quicker

Keeping your body in good physical health is another way in which you can avoid serious lingering effects from car accidents. If you are able to maintain a good level of fitness, and your body is strong and flexible, you’ll have a much easier time recovering from most car accidents. That isn’t to say you should expect to get into a car accident, but along with its other benefits, a healthy body will also help you in this regard. Any sort of regular exercise that helps strengthen your muscles and improves flexibility is useful for keeping your physical condition in good condition.

Get Your Injuries Checked Immediately

Whether you are in great shape, poor shape, or somewhere in between, it’s always important to get your injuries checked out as soon as possible after a car accident. If you wait, scar tissue can potentially become a permanent part of your muscles and tendons, reducing your range of motion and causing further pain. If you don’t feel that your injuries warrant a trip to the emergency room, consider an appointment with our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson. He has over 30 years of professional experience treating injuries sustained from auto accidents. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!