The Bluffs Chiropractic and Family Wellness

Strengthen Your Adrenal Health

Date: November 3, 2014 | Time: 2:07pm | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Stress is a natural part of the holidays. Learn better ways to combat it here.

Strengthen Your Adrenal Health

Getting enough SLEEP is one way to help strengthen your ADRENAL health. Find out more here >>
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Positioned For Pain?

Date: October 31, 2014 | Time: 4:00am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Improperly positioned monitors are a big source of back pain. Read these OSHA guidelines for setting up your work station:

Positioned For Pain?

Improperly positioned monitors are a big source of back pain. Read these OSHA guidelines for setting up your work station:
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Chiropractic -- "So You May Know"

Date: October 29, 2014 | Time: 7:29am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Chiropractic -- "So You May Know"

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No More Missed Messages

Date: October 27, 2014 | Time: 12:56pm | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

See a chiropractor to get checked today!

No More Missed Messages

You don't want your brain to miss a message from your body, do you? Keep the lines of communication open with chiropractic!
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Prescription drugs: The next epidemic?

Date: August 19, 2014 | Time: 11:48am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

A research study released by Mayo Clinic reports that nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug and more than half take at least 2 drugs. This compliments a 2010 British study that shows, among the 14 developed countries studied, the U.S. is a solid #1 in per-capita prescription drug use.

Along with the realization that we are dead last in health outcomes among 17 developed nations surveyed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine in 2013, this demonstrates that the U.S. has worse health than all the other countries while leading those same countries in the amount of prescription drug use. This is tragic news. The goal of all medical physicians is to improve the health of their patients. It is present with this data that patients are not the benefactors of increased drug use.

What does this mean to you? Simply stated, this means that though some medications may seem to have a benefit, there may be other methods to deal with the problem that will help increase your overall health. Not all prescription drugs are negative and some have a very beneficial effect on what they are intended to treat. The key to drugs, as with all things, is moderation. It is vital to be an active controller of your personal health. This means not requesting a certain prescription from the doctor because you saw a commercial but instead discussing the symptoms that you believe would be helped by this medication and talking to your doctor to find out what the best options are for you. There are alternative options to using drugs, two of which are nutrition and wellbeing.

Nutrition is very important when it comes to overall health. Our bodies are great machines that can use the smallest amount of materials to function. The problem is that, just like a car intended to have unleaded gas will fail to function with diesel, our bodies need food of substance to perform at its best. Years of eating poor can lead to some of the more common problems that we are presented with today including high blood-pressure, heart disease, and diabetes to name a few. It is important to eat at lest 3 meals a day, while limiting fast food, added sugar, and some processed foods. Another aspect of our lives is the general wellbeing that can lead to the decline of our health.

Wellbeing has many meanings but a common one is the overall state of things within the body. This is most influenced from the outside world by stress in our daily lives. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of ways that stress can effect our lives in both positive and negative ways. Everyone experiences stress in one form or another but we do not all handle stress the same way. Keeping things "locked up" and internalizing everything can lead to disease and a general decline in our wellbeing. Learning how to better handle stress is always important and is a goal that everyone can benefit from.

With the overall health of our country declining and the use of prescription drugs increasing, now is the time to act on your health. Focusing on nutrition and overall wellbeing to enhance your health and combat various diseases is almost always of greater benefit with less side effects than taking a prescription drug.
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Tylenol Overdose

Date: August 14, 2014 | Time: 6:46am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Recently, Men's Health released an article stating the problems with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The article, link at the bottom of this post, notes a study regarding the dangers of acetaminophen as being the biggest cause of liver failure in the US. This study was published in the journal Hematology.

A common misconception with acetaminophen is the various medications that it is used in. The maximum recommended dose is 4,000 mg per day which equals 8 extra strength Tylenol. The problem arises from the hundreds of other drugs that contain acetaminophen along with Tylenol. Some of these medications include Vicodin, Percocet, Sedated PE, Alka-Seltzer and various other drugs. When taking these medication it is important to realize the compound effect and dosage of acetaminophen that you are intaking. Acetaminophen overdose effects 100,000 people annually, causing them to present to the ER with brain, kidney, and liver problems that can lead to death in severe cases as reported by a Scottish study from 2011.

With the wide use of Tylenol and other drugs that contain acetaminophen on the rise for a quick fix, or bandage to the presenting symptoms, it is a concern regarding the overall usage of products containing acetaminophen. There are common precautions that should be used to help avoid overdosing.

  • Do not take more than one drug at a time containing acetaminophen.
  • Never take more of a medication than directed, even when pain or fever does not improve.
  • Never drink alcohol with acetaminophen.
  • Stop taking medication and seek medical assistance if you experience swelling of the face, mouth and throat, difficulty breathing, itching, rash, or if you believe that you have taken more acetaminophen than directed.

The general use of pain medication is advised as a last resort to manage pain. These medications only treat the symptom of pain and not the underlying cause. Care should be taken when taking any medication. Common alternatives to medications include the use of warm towels on sore muscles, resting eyes and neck during headaches, and seeking medical attention if the pain lasts for extended periods of time or is reoccurring.
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Ankle sprains and medicine

Date: April 29, 2014 | Time: 7:08am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

This morning on the radio they were talking about ankle sprains. There is a new clinical trial for patients with ankle sprains to test out a new 'pain relief' patch that goes on the ankle to alleviate discomfort. They mentioned that you could ice it and wrap it but it would take days for the pain to go away and they believe this new patch will remove the pain completly. The problem with this clinical trial is it goes against what the body it trying to do.

When we injury a body part, in this case an ankle, the body sends pain signals to the brain to let you know that there is something wrong. The body will attempt to heal the ankle and attempt to make it stronger to help resist this happening in the future. The pain signal is part of the bodies natural response to avoid other painful and potentially damaging situation while it is trying to recover. When we take pain medication, or use a pain patch, we are shutting off that response and that could lead to longer healing times as well as further injury.

There are general principles that should be followed to aid the body as much as possible and reduce any discomfort. These principles, what used to be RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), have been able to help individuals help reduce swelling, alleviate pain, and aid the body in repair of tissue ( check back in for a future post on why RICE is a dated concept and learn a more effective way to care for an injury).

The use of these pain patches can be detrimental to the recovery of an individual. If it is pain relief that you are looking for, taking natural supplements like Valerian Root to help reduce the pain can still be beneficial as it will not totally remove the pain.

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Date: December 3, 2013 | Time: 10:36am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Stretching has gotten a bad reputation for many years. In gym class you were told to stretch before and after any activity. Some people 'bounce' when they stretch while others hold it. There are a variety of ways to stretch and as many opinions as to the benefits and pitfalls of stretching. To put these to rest, stretching is great for the body when used properly. It can increase the amount of motion that you have in your joints, reduce fatigue in muscles, and help alleviate pain. The key, as with anything, is to understand the information and utilize stretching properly.

Stretching has many benefits. For starters it helps the joints move better. All joints have muscles and ligaments that support them and allow the joint to move. When these muscles and ligaments get tight, from over or under use, the amount of motion the joint has is decreased. Because joints receive their nutrition and blood with motion, this decrease in motion can have a negative effect on the joint. This can cause stiffness, soreness, and even pain. Stretching allows the joints to move more freely and provide them with the nutrition they need to stay healthy. While stretching helps joints stay healthy, it can also help muscles feel relaxed and keep them strong.

Muscles are composed of thousands of units that all have the ability to contract to allow your body to move. When muscles get tight, some of these units can be in a contracted state almost constantly. This causes the muscle as a whole to get fatigued and sore which results in a decrease in the muscles ability to contract and move the body. While there are methods such as soft tissue and massage techniques that can help these muscles, these methods assist in the short term only. Stretching is a great way to relax the units in the muscles that are contracted and reduce the soreness that comes with it. Stretching can also reduce pain that might caused by muscles and joints that are not healthy.

While there is a lot of different view points on the uses of stretching there are some common rules that are easy to follow and give great results. Firstly, stretch at least once per day, preferably in the morning. Next, only stretch through non-painful range of motion, stretching should never hurt. And lastly, always remember that most things that are good do not work immediately but instead need to be stuck to and repeated to achieve the desired result. Stretching is a great addition for anyone that is either looking to get healthier or avoid injury.

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Date: November 6, 2013 | Time: 7:54am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Stress has become a fact of life for many people. From having a full plate at work, to always rushing around at home, there are an infinite number of things that can cause stress. This can have several impacts on the body ranging from headaches and body pains to weight gain and depression. Some people take medication to alleviate these symptoms, but often are presented with a trade off of having side effects from the medications. There are more natural ways to reduce stress that are without side effects and can work better than medications.

One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to avoid it. Though this can be easier said than done, it can be done. A good start is to first evaluate your stress. Determine where it is coming from and how it is effecting you. When faced with long term stress, realize that though things might feel natural, it can still be effecting you and this effect needs to be realized. Small things can have a large impact on your body and mental state. A great example is traffic on the way to work in the morning. There is no avoiding traffic, but there are different ways to deal with it.

One way, the most common and unhealthiest way to look at it, is to let your mind take charge. Realizing that you are in traffic, you could be stressing out about that project you have at work that is due today, the fact that your boss might yell at you for being late, what effect this is going to have on the rest of your day and that it will be rushed and always playing catch up. You could be thinking that the day is ruined and nothing is going to go right. These are just a few of the things that can come across the mind, all in a matter of seconds. While this might seem like the only way it isn't.

Another way to think about this situation and process what is going on is take into account the facts. You are stuck in traffic, there is nothing you can do about it and is not avoided easily. You can think about that project that is due today, but there is nothing that you can do for it at the moment so stressing about it will only prevent you from thinking clearly when you do get to work. Your boss might yell at you, but call in and tell them you will be late and you can't avoid it. Break your day up into segments, morning, lunch, afternoon, evening. This will help you think about things as maybe interfering with one portion of your day but not your whole day. This is only one example of how thinking differently can help with your stress levels.

Another effective way to combat stress is nutrition. The body can do amazing things, but can only do what it can with what it has. If you feed your body a lot of processed foods, or a large amount of sweets your body will have nothing to do but make you feel bogged down and moving slow, which affects your mental state and increases stress that your body is going through from the inside environment.

Dealing with stress is best done with planning, but sometimes stress in unavoidable. When this happens, think about relaxing or exercising depending on the person. Some people find that it helps to perform relaxation exercises such as yoga or meditation. Others find that exercise, which releases the feel good hormone endorphins, is beneficial for stressful situations. Experiment and find out what works for you.

Stress is something in our lives that can have a major impact on the way we think, act, and feel. Trying to combat stress can be difficult, but is well worth it in the end. Anticipating stress, developing various, effective ways to handle stress, and learning ways to alleviate the feeling of stress are all effective ways to fight the ever present situation of stress.

Visit our website,, for more information. You can also schedule an appointment to get individualized advice about your stress and other health concerns.

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Headache Treatments

Date: October 16, 2013 | Time: 3:12pm | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Headaches are a burden on our daily lives. They have the ability to stop us in our tracks and change our entire day. The most recent post described the various types of headaches that we can experience. This post is about the methods that you can use to either reduce the intensity of a headache or stop them from happening.

Headaches can range in intensity from minor annoyance to debilitating pain. There are options to help alleviate this problem.

  • Stretching: There are multiple muscles in the back and neck. Many of these muscles can become tight from strain of daily use, poor posture, and poor mechanics of the neck and spine. These muscles become tight and can pull on the skull and bones of the spine. This can lead to headaches either originating in the neck or being accompanied by a sore neck. Stretching is a great way to relieve these muscles and reduce a headache.
Rolled towel: Take a hand towel and roll it up long ways. Lie on a hard surface with the
rolled towel under your neck for 3-5 minutes. Perform this once per day.
This will help with loosening muscles as well as train the neck in proper movement mechanics.
Trap stretch: Behind your back, grab your left wrist with your right hand. Pull slightly to the right.
Lean your head to the right, and tilt your chin down. Hold for 5 seconds then relax and repeat on opposite side. Perform this stretch 5-7 times and repeat 2-3 times per day.
  • Calming Exercises: Stress can lead to headaches that are a result of tension in the neck and head. This results in increased frequency and intensity of headaches. There are a few exercises that can reduce stress in our daily lives and reduce the occurrence of headaches. Yoga and breathing exercises are some quick and easy ones that you can perform during your day to reduce stress.
Yoga: When the term yoga is used, people think of using a mat, and contorting bodies into weird positions. While this is a type of yoga, another form is to stretch your muscles during off time and focus on your breathing to reduce the amount of stress in your body. Positions are not intended to be strenuous, or difficult. They are intended to be relaxing. Taking a local class at a gym or reading a book of yoga poses will help you find the right pose that you can do physically and that you can do in the time and space that you have available. Yoga can also be done after a stressful day at a class or in the morning to begin your day as stress free as possible.
Breathing Exercises: Sometimes, something as simple as sitting at your desk and taking time out of your day to just breath and relax can be beneficial. A good start is to practice breathing with your diaphragm. Most of us breath with our chest, taking in air and having our chest rise and fall. While this seems natural, the best to breath is using the diaphragm: the muscle between the gut and the lungs. Take time during the day, close your eyes, and focus on breathing. Each breath should expand and contract your stomach. This takes some time to get used, to but is very beneficial both for relaxation as well as stability of the back and core.
  • Meditation: Meditation is a great way to allow your entire body to relax. Similar to the breath exercises mentioned before, meditation is used to calm both the mind and the body. Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Focus on just your breathing and nothing else. Allow your mind to float from focusing on your breathing to focusing on nothing. Feel your body relax and your mind letting go of your thoughts. This can be done lying down or sitting. Meditation can take some time to get used to as our minds are not used to shutting things out. Once understood and practiced, meditation can be of great benefit to people that suffer from headaches as well as stress in general.
  • Nutrition: Nutrition plays a very important role in our lives. What we eat is what our bodies have to use as fuel for the day. There are two common relationships between nutrition and the occurrence of headaches. These are dehydration and caffeine/sugar addiction.
Dehydration: Water is essential to our bodies functioning at an optimal level. Often we do not get the appropriate amount of water per day that our bodies require. This can lead to dehydration and headaches as a result. When we feel thirsty, our bodies are already in dehydration. One way to combat dehydration is to drink after through out the day. A good way to determine the amount of water you body needs is to take your weight and multiply it by 2/3. This is the amount of water you need to drink to maintain a good hydration level. This amount should be increased by 12 oz. for every 30 minutes of activity. Water intake does not include soda or tea. These drinks have caffeine, which eliminates water from the body at a faster rate. They should be reduced or avoided completely if possible. If you are not able to drink water plain, the use of some flavoring might be needed to increase your intake.

Caffeine/Sugar addiction: Caffeine and sugar are in almost every beverage. This includes, but not: limited to regular soda, diet soda, tea, and coffee. While a small amount can be beneficial to wake a person up and keep them going. Coming down from having the caffeine or sugar in your system can lead to a headache. This headache can be avoided by reducing the use of caffeine and sugar to one drink per day. This will help with reducing the dependency on caffeine and sugar as well as help with maintaining your water balance in your body, due to caffeine being a diuretic as mentioned before.
  • Chiropractic Adjustments: Headaches can result from mis-alignments in the spine called subluxations. These subluxations can change the way that our bodies function by impeding the flow of our nerves. Since nerves control all functions of the body, maintaining a healthy spine is vital to achieving optimal health. Consulting a chiropractor to get evaluated for spinal subluxations and to seek correction can be of great benefit to individuals with headaches as well as those with other conditions.
Caution should always be used when incorporating any of these methods into your daily life. Always consult your doctor before making changes. If conditions worsen at any time, stop the activity and consult your doctor for advice.

The use of these methods and others that are not listed here can be of benefit to individuals that suffer from headaches. Sometimes the intensity and frequency of headaches can be reduced by incorporating just one of these methods while others may require multiple changes to see results. Consider that each person is different and while one individual may experience a sudden change in their headaches from making a change, others my require more time.

Headaches can have a severe impact on our lives. From reducing the amount that we can enjoy certain activities to becoming completely debilitating, headaches are never a welcome condition to experience. The use of various methods and changes to your lives can make a dramatic difference in the frequency and intensity of headaches and increase our overall health.

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Date: September 16, 2013 | Time: 6:37am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Headaches are something that almost everyone deals with. There are multiple types, causes, and treatments for headaches. Headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation, effect over 45 million people. This includes the almost 28 million that suffer from migraines. About 20% of children and adolescents experience significant headaches.

Headaches come in all forms. They can be mild or intense. Below are the various types of headaches that typically effect people.

Tension Headache: The most common form of headache among adults and adolescents, are usually chronic in nature and can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. These headaches are caused from muscle contractions in the neck due to trauma or stress. These muscle contractions can be severe and can take some time to disappear completely.

Migraines: Typically causing throbbing or pulsing pain in one area of the head, migraines can be mild to severe in intensity. These headaches typically are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to lights and sounds. These headaches can last hours to days and typically can be calmed by finding a quiet, dark room to lie down in for a few hours. Migraines typically have a warning sign such as an aura, flashes of light, or numbness/tingling in the extremities.

Cluster Headache: The cluster headache is often described as the most severe and intense of any headache type. Lasting anywhere from 30-45 minutes, these headaches come in groups which typically occur in spring or fall. These groups of headaches can last for days with intermittent periods of calmness before the next headache starts. The time period between these groups can be months or years and typically come about with no warning. These types of headaches most commonly effect men between the ages of 20-45, but can effect anyone of any age.

Hormone Headache: Headaches can be caused by hormones. these types of headaches only effect women and can occur before, during or after the period. These types of headaches are similar to migraines in pain and intensity, but do not typically have the warning signs. They begin as one-sided, throbbing headaches that are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.

Rebound Headache: These headaches typically result from medications and over-medicating. Once someone gets a headache, they typically reach for the nearest medication or caffeine drink. This can lead to using too much medication or caffeine which leads to another headache later in the day.

Sinus Headache: These headaches typically result from sinus blockage or infection. They can be severe or mild and usually occur with a runny nose or blocked sinus passages.

Headaches are usually diagnosed by a doctor and can be treated with medication. Though medication is the first resort for most people it is not usually the best. Other options like meditation, calming exercises, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments can all help relieve headaches and do not have the potential side effects of medication.

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Pills are Not Always The Best Alternative

Date: August 27, 2013 | Time: 7:08am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Over the past decade prescription drugs have become the 'go to' option for many symptoms. There is a downside to taking drugs; side effects. These side effects tend to cause us to take more prescriptions to aid in helping the side effects from the the original prescription. Do you see a spiral effect here? This leads to not only an impact on your wallet, but also on your health.

All medications have some degree of side effects. Some are minor, while others are more severe. While there is good use for medications with certain conditions, it is not necessarily the best option to alleviate symptoms all the time. While the use of medications is an easier fix in a fast paced society, we have to remember that it is our health that is taking the brunt of it. Pain, nausea, stiffness, etc. are signs from our bodies that something is not right. We can take medications to cover up these symptoms, but that is all that we are doing: covering them up. Most medications do not address the cause of a particular symptom, they simply mask the symptom. This can lead to problems showing up later after the medication has worn off. Focusing on the cause of the symptom is more important than just covering it up.

Some health concerns need to be treated with medication to improve the overall condition, but most can be treated by other means without the negative side effects. Some of these means are chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and more. While these methods may not always provide instant relief to the symptom, they are doing something more important; addressing the cause of the problem.

Medications have their place in treating various diseases, but we have to be aware when we are just treating the symptom rather than the disease. It is important to focus on the underlying problem.

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Eating Whole Grain Is A Great First Step

Date: August 15, 2013 | Time: 4:58am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

These days there are hundreds of different diet options to choose from. From weight watchers to the Paleo Diet. Every where you look there is a new plan that promises to make you healthier. The truth of the matter is that while all of these diets can work to some degree, a true "diet" is a change that you can stick with for a long period of time. Restricting too many calories, changing to food that you don't eat, or being forced to change too much in a short period of time are all things that lead to diets lasting only a short while. The key to a proper diet is to change small things that can have a large impact on the body. A great example of this is switching to whole grain.

What is whole grain?

Whole grain is the use of all parts of the grain to provide a more well rounded nutritional base for the food. A great example of this is in bread. White bread is made from part of the grain and is processed and dyed. Wheat bread's only difference is it is not dyed. Whole grain bread uses all parts of the grain and is not dyed. This results in your body better being able to process the grain and use it for fuel.

How is whole grain beneficial?

Our bodies act differently to different types of food. When we eat products that are not whole grain, our bodies typically increase our insulin levels in the blood because it views the carbs as sugar and uses insulin to process this sugar. This can lead to a temporary increase in energy from the "sugar high" but disappears rather quickly. Doing this for a long period of time can even lead to Diabetes!

Swapping whole grain for regular grain can be a first step towards a healthier lifestyle. A change you can expect is knowing that you are doing something to become healthier and it is something that you can stick with for life.

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Water Is Vital For Optimal Health

Date: August 6, 2013 | Time: 11:09am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

People ask how much water is enough? The true answer is, there is no uniform answer. Water makes up about 60% of your body weight and is vital to the various functions that occur on a daily basis. The body's need for water changes based on many factors including exercise, internal disease, where you live, and overall health. A lack of water in the body can lead to dehydration and an inadequate amount of water to perform normal, daily functions, which can cause fatigue and poor brain function.

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups per day for men and 9 cups per day for women. These amounts are total fluid intake. Beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages - such as coffee, tea or soda - can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it's calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.The food we eat also contributes to our daily fluid intake. Certain foods such as watermelon and tomatoes can be as much as 90% water by weight.

Generally, if you drink enough fluid (rarely feel thirsty) and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or light yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. If you're concerned about your fluid intake or have health issues, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's right for you.
To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It's also a good idea to:

Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal.
Drink water before, during and after exercise.
Water is a vital part of our daily lives. The average American does not get enough water in their daily activities to perform normal function. This is one of the causes of always feeling fatigued in our daily lives.

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Movement is the key to joint health

Date: July 30, 2013 | Time: 10:22am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Everyone moves, some more than others. The thing about moving is that there is more to it than just burning calories and using it to get from point a to point b. Movement is vital to joint health for many reasons. Some of these reasons are because of the overall benefits of movement such as weight management, cardiovascular health, and circulation health. Others are more specific to joints.

Joints consist of two or more bones surrounded by a capsule filled with fluid. This fluid is what causes the 'popping' sound that you hear when being adjusted. Joints do not have any direct blood flow that allows them to receive nutrition from the body.The main way that a joint gets nutrition as well as fluids is through processes that only happen when the joints do not move. Movement is vital to joint health. Without movement, the joint begins to deteriorate and become stiff.

Movement is vital to joint but does not have to be drastic. Something as wimple as stretching the area multiple times throughout the day, standing up and walking during lunch, or walking in the evening after work. All of these can provide vital nutrients and fluid to joints in the body and help alleviate pain and deter deterioration of the joints as we age. Movement can also help us begin to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Date: July 24, 2013 | Time: 7:03am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Pain can change our lives. We want to get up from bed, go to work, play with our kids, and have an active day free from the fear of pain. We are stopped in our tracks by pain! We can change the activities that we do to avoid pain, we can take drugs to reduce pain, or we can find out what the pain is caused from and fix it! That is what chiropractic does, fix the underlying problem that is causing the pain and help you live a better, more active life and do the activities that you want to do without pain.

The Bluffs Chiropractic and Family Wellness has been helping people correct their spines for over 7 years. We have helped patients continue their life the way they want without the fear of pain from a subluxation or bone out of alignment.

Come in today to get a consultation, examination, x-rays (if needed) for $17 with the mention of this post and see what chiropractic can do for you.

(636) 326-2525

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Walking Can Help

Date: July 17, 2013 | Time: 1:13pm | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Walking is a great way to start and continue any weight management plan. It is low impact on the joints and is a great start to increasing your physical activity. Walking is now a way to potentially help individuals with low back pain.
Low back pain can be an inconvenience to many. It changes the way that we move and the things that we do in our everyday life. Chiropractic is a great way to treat back pain, but what do you do between appointments? A great option is to walk every day. This not only will help with back pain, but will also aid with increasing physical activity as well as help with weight management, which also benefits back pain relief.
Walking has long been a resource for patients with back pain. Some patients may experience pain or discomfort too great to walk. These patients might benefit from water therapy ( aqua jogging, water aerobics, etc.). For others with less intense back pain, walking has many benefits including:
Increased blood flow to the back and other parts of the body, aiding in providing vital nutrients to the spine.
Increased strength in the legs, feet, and back to better stabilize the spine.
Reduced bone loss over time.
Improved posture by strengthening muscles
Help with weight management
Guidelines should be followed in starting any exercise program. Stretching to prepare the joints and muscles for the increase in activity is important. When walking keep in mind:
Walk briskly, but as a general rule maintain enough breath to be able to carry on a conversation.
Start out with a 5 minute walk and work up to walking for at least 30 minutes (roughly 2 miles) at least 3 to 4 times a week.
Maintain good form while walking to get the optimum aerobic benefit with each step and help protect the back and avoid injury.
Walking can be beneficial if used appropriately. We would love to hear about your success walking. please you story in the comment section. If you have any questions leave them in the comments or visit for more information.
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What do you consider wellness?

Date: July 9, 2013 | Time: 10:34am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Wellness is a word that has been thrown around a lot recently. To some it is being fit, to some if is a whole body experience. How do you describe wellness? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook or twitter.
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Date: July 2, 2013 | Time: 7:00am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

It's that time of year again. The weather is changing, everything is heating up, and summer is in full bloom! Allergies are a common symptom that people experience this time of year. Chiropractic and acupuncture are beneficial in both treating and alleviating allergy symptoms. Chiropractic and acupuncture keep your immune system and nervous system in full working order to fight off allergies and keep you at moving!

Call today and schedule an appointment to be evaluated and treated for allergies or any of the many other conditions that we treat.

The Bluffs Chiropractic and Family Wellness
(636) 326-2525

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Date: June 18, 2013 | Time: 6:34am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Scoliosis can have a large impact in a persons life. When we think of scoliosis, we think of something that kids get that can only be corrected with surgery. In fact, scoliosis can happen at any age, and all the the most severe cases can be treated to reduce or slow down the progression of scoliosis with chiropractic care.

Come in today to get evaluated and increase your quality of life.

(636) 326-2525

The Bluffs Chiropractic and Family Wellness

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Date: June 10, 2013 | Time: 4:14pm | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Migraines have long been a problem for most people. A pain that begins as a mild annoyance but quickly escalates to an intense sensation that often leads to lying in bed with no noise and no light. The origin of migraines is still not completely understood.

Chiropractic is the art of healing through correction of subluxation, bone mis alignment, in the spine. While chiropractic can help many different disorders, migraines is one that is especially benefitted by chiropractic treatment. Patients note a decrease in not only the severity but also the intensity of their migraine headaches with regular chiropractic care. With the removal of subluxations in the neck, as well as working with the muscles to relieve tension, chiropractic is a great supportive therapy for patients with migraines. Visit our website at for more information and to schedule an appointment for evaluation of your health concern.

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A little about us

Date: June 6, 2013 | Time: 6:49am | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

The Bluffs Chiropractic and Family Wellness is dedicated to educate and adjust as many families as possible towards optimal health through natural chiropractic care. A condition known as subluxation, bone mis-alignment in the spine, is the cause of many of the conditions that we experience today such as headache, back and neck pain, numbness, tingling, etc. through chiropractic adjustments, we work to remove these subluxations to allow your body to function optimally.

Please check back every Monday and Thursday for new content. Follow us on twitter @bluffschiro and like us on Facebook.

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Date: June 4, 2013 | Time: 2:06pm | Posted By: Dr. Mike Zwiener

Welcome to The Bluffs Chiropractic and Family Wellness blog. We are dedicated to educating and treating as many families as possible toward optimal health through natural chiropractic care. We look forward to sharing important health information with you. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @bluffschiro. Our website can be found at Have a great day.
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Location:Gravois Bluffs Blvd,Fenton,United States

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