Author Archives: Christopher Powell
If you love your furry friends as much as we do, then you’d do anything to make sure they were as happy and healthy as possible. You go and get adjusted for pain treatment and for optimal health and well-being, so why not take your pup in too! But how do you know WHEN they need their spines checked?
Dogs have spines too (well, every vertebrate does by definition), and just like us those vertebrae can misalign due to the various stressors they experience. Your dog may have taken a spill, played too hard, or maybe they were kept in a cramped crate or had a very tight and restrcitive collar before they came to you.
There are numerous reasons why your pet may have a bone out of place, and that can have the same negative effect on their health that it does in us humans.
So if you notice that your pet is wincing, limping, maybe they favor one side more than the other, they have a change of demeanor, they don’t get up in the car or on the couch like they used to, etc. It might be time to take them in to see a qualified animal chiropractor.
*Disclaimer* Make sure that whoever you choose is qualified to adjust animals. We work with a local vet to make sure we abide by all the local and state laws regarding treatment of animals
Sciatica affects millions of Americans over the course of their lifetime, and the pain can be downright debilitating. And while there are many different courses of treatment, few are as effective or as safe as chiropractic care. In this video I will show you four of my favorite tips for helping relieve sciatic pain, many of which you can do right from your own home!
It’s not just chiropractic care, or stretching, or massage that will get you feeling better and keep you feeling better. It’s a whole body approach! And it often involves changing our whole routine.
Remember, the more you do on your own, the more effective any form of treatment you receive will work! So get those yoga videos on, take a walk or a bike ride, make sure you’re eating good, wholesome foods, and most importantly, schedule an appointment for an adjustment ASAP!
With more and more of us being on our phones, tablets, or just working remotely, I have seen a HUGE increase in problems related to being in front of a screen all day. Some experts have even dubbed it ‘Tech-neck.’ But it doesn’t just affect our neck and upper back. Sitting too long, ESPECIALLY with bad posture or poor work place ergonomics, can creat all kinds of problems. Just take a look below!
So remember, when we’re sitting for too long, or in front of a screen too long, the muscles in the front of our body tend to shorten, and the ones in the back of our body tend to weaken. Whether it’s upper or lower body, just keep in mind stretch the front, strengthen the back.
It’s not hard to fix this, it just takes time and a LOT of repetition! So make sure you pay attention when you’re on your phones or computers. Take the time to get up and stretch, set up your workstation properly, and schedule an appointment for an adjustment! No matter how much stretching or yoga we do, if the spine is out of alignment, you need a good adjustment. 😉
Over the years many people have asked about some of the more dramatic cases I’ve seen. And looking back there have been quite a few that surprised even me.
Most of the cases I see are pretty easy, pretty cut and dry. And although it is rewarding to help people feel better, the real joy is when we drastically change someone’s life.
We’ve had people in here who were in so much pain that they couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t go to work and hold down a job. There have been people who had dealt with debilitating pain for such a long time that it was affecting their relationships.
The most amazing things I had seen involved two separate cases involving babies around 7 months old that were diagnosed with ‘Failure to Thrive.’ They were so tiny that they weren’t even on the Pediatric Growth Chart. Yet after a few adjustments they had both gained substantial weight, and were THRIVING!
Chiropractic care really can be miraculous!
As parents, we want the absolute best for our kids. We try and feed them good, healthy meals. We make sure they get exercise through play or sports. We stimulate healthy brain development through reading and teaching them about the world around them. But what about their Nervous System, the system that controls EVERYTHING in the body? Watch below to learn more about how amazing Chiropractic can be for our precious little ones.
The birth process can be VERY traumatic to those tiny little necks, expecially when there is pulling, or rotation as the head is coming out. Even with a C-Section there are a lot of intense forces on the little head and neck.
As our little ones begin crawling and moving around on their own they are bound to fall, or bump thier heads.
Any of these little traumas they experience can misalign those tiny vertebrae, causing pressure on the nerves. When we adjust those bones back into place, the body begins to communicate and work better. This is why kids experience better immune function, less ear infections, less colic, and many more improvements when they are under chiropractic care.
So whether your little one is having some kind of issue, has experienced some kind of fall or trauma, or you just want them to be the best they can possibly be, schedule an appointment to bring them in!
Headaches should not be a regular part of life. Yet MILLIONS of Americans suffer from them each day. And while Ibuprofen or NSAIDS can help temporarily, they are not a cure. We don’t get headaches from a lack of Ibuprofen in our bodies. They can be a sign that we need to support a part of our system, or that we need to make some other change to our lifestyle. Watch below for more!
If you feel like your headaches are an all too common problem for you, come in for an appointment! There’s a lot we can do to help you get feeling good again. 🙂
We have a problem in our society. We are so focused on killing the germs. Keeping them OUT! This outside-in approach will only take us so far as our immune system is concerned. You see, our immune system NEEDS things to fight off in order to stay STRONG! We have on average 5 POUNDS of bacteria in our gut which actually help keep the bad ‘bugs’ from taking over. Some say the gut is like the ‘brain’ of our immune system. So in a society so focused on killing and stopping ‘germs,’ what really is the best way to improve our immune function? Watch below to find out!
There are many, MANY other ways to help out this incredible system, but this will at least give you a GREAT start! And remember, CHIROPRACTIC CARE has been shown over and over to help improve our immune function. Not just to boost it (which would not be good for folks with autoimmune issues), but to help it regulate itself, whether up or down. This is one of the reasons getting adjusted can actually help with ALLERGIES.
I hope this helps you to live a healthier, happier, and STRONGER life, and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
We all get headaches. Some of us ARE a headache to others! But headaches are not due to a lack of Ibuprofen or Tylenol. They happen for a reason. Here are 5 simple tips you can do right now to get some relief!
While there ARE some other causes of headaches, this covers most, even severe migraines! Hormonal headaches can be a little more tricky, so we will be covering those in another video.
I hope this helps, and as always let us know if you have any questions or comments.
So for a few years now this word ‘Wellness’ has been thrown around quite a bit, without many of us actually knowing what it truly is. Most of us think of it as having something to do with being healthy, but we also hear it used to promote things like flu shots, and over the counter meds. In the over 13 years I have been in practice, I’ve learned it can be simplified into 3 main points:
- How we Move
- What we put into our bodies
- How we think
We are embarking on a new project here at Wellness Pittsburgh: a video series that will focus on how to be truly healthy and well. Have a watch!
And so… it is here. “Cold and Flu Season.” It happens every year. Right about the time that the weather changes, our kids overindulge binge eating candy the last night of October and usually far into November. Then the holidays are here. A time where most of us are much more lax on ‘healthy eating.’ Could it be that cold and flu season is nothing more than our bodies increase susceptibility to viruses and bacteria after weeks, no MONTHS of us not taking care of ourselves?
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not implying that if you follow all the rules you will never get sick. After all, being ‘sick’ is just a normal expression of the body that aids in killing off these harmful little bugs. If our body never got ‘sick’ we’d never ever get well (wow that’s kinda deep)!
So here are a couple of quick tips to keep you as healthy as possible this winter. Even if you wind up getting ‘sick’ by following these tips you will recover much faster!
1) Exercise: Exercise strengthens the body, including the immune system. It reduces stress, which increases immunity. It improves circulation. Regulates blood sugar. Increases core temperature. Raises the metabolism. Look I could write you endless paragraphs on how great exercise is. Just know that if you don’t keep moving this winter, you will be sick more often.
2) Diet: Do yourself and your family a favor right now: Stop eating so much sugar! Refined carbs are responsible for SOOOOO MANY of our society’s health problems. And sugar is one of THE most refined carbs there is! If you start to feel ill, immediately stop eating breads and sugars. You should stop eating ALL grains, but we’ll address that later.
We also need a variety of supplements in the winter to help the immune system (all of which we carry):
Vitamin D: Since this is primarily made by our bodies from sunlight, we need a WHOLE lot more in the winter. I recommend Thorne brand liquid Vitamin D.
Vitamin C: If you take a maintenance dose of 1000 mg/day, then 10,000 mg/day when actively fighting something off, you will most likely escape this winter unscathed.
Echinacea: While there is still some debate on the effectiveness of echinacea, studies have shown that it can increase white blood cells, shorten the duration of colds, and potentially prevent them. Our research has found that the type of echinacea and the preparation make ALL the difference. The company we use makes its preparations with the roots of echinacea purpurea and angustifolia. This is where the bulk of the active alkamides reside. In my and my family’s own PERSONAL experience, when taking this particular brand echinacea, we don’t get sick! Seriously, most echinacea on the market is garbage. You really need to research your company and know their source.
There are plenty of other supplements that increase immunity (zinc, elderberry syrup, astragalus, colloidal silver…) but these are the big three in my opinion!
3) Chiropractic: There have been studies dating back to the 1940’s showing an increase in immune activity following an adjustment. If you really want to hear about what an adjustment can do ask parents who bring their kids in for treatment. Ear infections, colic, fever, digestive issues, sinus pressure, headaches, congestion, cough… the list of conditions goes on! An adjustment can provide relief from many conditions!
Listen, you’re going to get sick again in your lifetime. It’s inevitable. But it’s not a bad thing! When we fight off these invaders we develop a lifelong immunity to them. If you follow the steps above you will keep your immune system in top condition to fight them off quicker, more effectively, and you’ll just overall be healthier!