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Your Natural State

?”Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Your Natural State

” Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.” B.K.S. Iyengar


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Let the Best Chiropractic Doctors Keep You Moving

Those morning runs you skip out on when you just can’t get out of bed really are worth the effort. The benefits of exercise are well founded, but you can’t keep moving unless your body is in optimal condition and free of pain. Let the best chiropractic doctors in the business keep you moving at Holmes Lake Chiropractic in Lincoln, NE.

If your arthritis, joint pain, or athletic injuries are keeping you from living your life to its fullest and staying active, it’s essential to remedy the problem. Exercise strengthens your bones, heart, and joints. It also prevents high blood pressure and increases the amount of “good” cholesterol in your body. The more you move, the more you will see improvement in your energy levels, your self-esteem, and your overall mood.

Exercise doesn’t just deliver oxygen to your brain to keep you alert and happy; it also distributes nutrients to your tissues and entire cardiovascular system. You’ll even sleep better at night, waking up more refreshed every morning. Sounds great, right? The recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day is hard to get when your bones, joints, and muscles ache. Pain treatment is available at Holmes Lake Chiropractic, where relief from joint pain is just one of the benefits of a visit. You’ll also learn about pain management and exercises you can do at home to expedite your healing process.

Holmes Lake Chiropractic will get you back on your feet sooner, so you can enjoy life again. Get out there and go for a run, head to a yoga class, or hop on your mountain bike. Fitness is attainable! Call today at (402) 483-4409 to find out how, or visit the practice’s website.


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The Importance of Body Movement and Posture to our Health

Did you know that having a good posture is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body? Numerous experts are now stating that posture is not just about looking good, but could be the key to better health. According to an article in the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production.”

Good Posture…just how important is it?

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy along with less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you can’t really be physically fit.

Surprised? Well, you’re not alone. The importance of good posture in an overall fitness program is often overlooked by fitness advisers and fitness seekers alike. In fact, the benefits of good posture may be among the best kept secrets of the current fitness movement. The good news is that most everyone can avoid the problems caused by bad posture…and you can make improvements at any age.

Good Posture is Good Health

We’re a health conscious society today and good posture is a part of it. Because good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

Even for younger people, how you carry yourself when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just fifteen minutes reading or typing when using the wrong positions exhausts the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back?

Lifestyle Tips for Lifelong Good Posture

• Keep your weight down – excess weight, especially around the middle, pulls on the back, weakening stomach muscles.
• Develop a regular program of exercise – regular exercise keeps you flexible and helps tone your muscles to support proper posture.
• Buy good bedding – a medium to firm mattress will support the spine and help maintain the same shape as a person with good upright posture.
• Pay attention to injuries from bumps, falls and jars – injuries in youth may cause growth abnormalities or postural adaptations to the injury or pain that can show up later in life.
• Have your eyes examined – a vision problem can affect the way you carry yourself as well as cause eyestrain and neck fatigue.
• Be conscious of where you work – is your chair high enough to fit your desk? Do you need a footrest to keep pressure off your legs? Try a standing desk, it allows for movement and increased function.
• Straighten Up and Stay Healthy!

Wouldn’t you love to have less pain and stiffness, more energy, and an increased ability to move about your surroundings?  If you feel that you could benefit from improving you posture and movement, Chiropractic is what you need. Chiropractors are specifically trained and specialize in spinal alignment and proper posture. Their expertise can help guide you when setting up proper ergonomics at work or at home to reduce the stress on your body.

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We are pleased to show off our new and improved office.  The space has been optimized to allow for improved care for our patients.  Holmes Lake Chiropractic is ready to provide the most recent, up to date care backed by the latest research.

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The Best Doctors Recommend Balance & Stability Training

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(Published in Lincoln, Lancaster)

Elderly people are at a higher risk for broken bones and injuries than the rest of the population. While this is usually simply attributed to “old age” that doesn’t mean that nothing can be done to help the situation. The health professionals at Holmes Lake Chiropractic in Lincoln, NE know that there are lots of different types of therapy that can improve the quality of life for the aging.

More and more it is becoming clear that balance and stability training is vital for an independent and strong elderly population. Balance, like any physical skill, can be strengthened and developed with practice. For elderly individuals the fear of falling can be very real. The types of injuries that a young person might overcome in a few weeks with ease can take an elderly person months, and the rehabilitation may not be as complete. That’s why balance and stability training is so important as a precautionary measure.

When seniors have better balance and stability it lessens the likelihood that they will fall or have an accident in the first place. This not only helps prevent injury it also builds their confidence and independence. When elderly people feel strong and stable they are more likely to be active. Active older people are consistently happier, healthier, and more mentally sharp than older people who are inactive; so what begins with enhancing physical wellbeing ends up enhancing overall quality of life.

People who begin treatments at Holmes Lake Chiropractic, whether it be for pain management options or for general bone & joint health, are astonished by the results. The chiropractic doctor’s from Holmes Lake Chiropractic can help you do things you never though possible and lead a life with less pain and more activity. Call them today at (402) 483-4409 or visit them online.and learn about what balance and stability training can do for you.


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The Ease & Affordability of Chiropractic

Holmes Lake Chiropractic is pleased to launch their NEW and IMPROVED website!

Dr. Austin Weaver and his staff at Holmes Lake Chiropractic extend you an invitation to check out their new website. This Lincoln, Nebraska-based chiropractic clinic has updated their web presence with a wealth of exciting information for new and returning clients, easy access to forms and scheduling, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more. Holmes Lake Chiropractic provides relief from body, back, and joint pain through various chiropractic, physiotherapeutic, and massage techniques by the best chiropractic doctor in the area.

The new site contains detailed information about the many different healing modalities offered by Dr. Weaver and his staff. Whether you’re looking for chiropractic treatment, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, or spinal decompression procedures, you will find complete descriptions of each technique. There is also comprehensive insight on pain management and pain treatment for several conditions.

Visitors to the website have access to new patient information, as well as to all the forms you will need to complete for your first visit. Alternately, you can complete the forms online and submit them electronically. The clinic’s HIPAA and privacy policies are available for download too.

An FAQ page gives answers to new patients’ most commonly asked questions. There is also a page dedicated to the clinic’s insurance information, including what insurances they accept and what options are available to those without insurance. Armed with this collection of information, new patients know the treatments available to them, what those treatments mean, and insurance and payment options.

Holmes Lake Chiropractic’s new site makes it easier than ever to schedule an appointment. Phone them directly at (402) 483-4409, email them at frontdesk@holmleslake.com, or start the new client appointment process through their website. Check out their website for all the detailed information you’ll need, and be sure to visit Dr. Weaver’s blog about chiropractic care, back relief, and bone and joint health.

Let us know what you think in the comments, so we can make this the most user friendly website for you!


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What The Best Doctors Will Tell You: 4 Ways to Avoid The Flu During Flu Season

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One aspect of the way the body works that’s often overlooked, especially in response to disease, is the extent to which everything is connected. Healing is a holistic process, and sometimes seemingly unrelated elements will work together to eradicate a virus or infection. This being the case, according to the pain management and back specialists at Holmes Lake Chiropractic, there are a number of measures you can take to avoid contracting the flu this winter. What’s most interesting about the approach laid out here is that the flu is kept at bay without the need for vaccination.

So, what are some ways you can stay flu free in 2015?

  1. Limit Sugar & Carbohydrate Consumption: Since the symptoms of the flu are basically just your body itself fighting off the virus, the kinds of foods you eat actually influence your resistance and recovery. Bugs like the flu also feed off sugars and complex carbohydrates, so these foods might make them stronger. Furthermore, some people experience inflammation as a result of having these in their diet, which also slows down the immune system.
  2. Check Vitamin D Levels: Recent studies have shown that deficiencies of this vitamin increase the likelihood of infection. One of the sources of vitamin D for most is exposure to sunlight, so this is especially a factor in the winter because days are shorter and most people spend less time outdoors.
  3. Cope With Stress Effectively: Increased levels of stress are a risk factor for infection because they inhibit the performance of the immune system. Sometimes, there’s a compounding feedback effect; people take to excessive drinking, smoking, or other unhealthy ways to handle stress, making them even more vulnerable to viral attack. Healthier ways of coping with stress include exercise, practicing a more mindful, in-the-moment approach to living, and meditation.
  4. Be Proactive: Your best bet is to be forward thinking in your approach; adopt healthier habits before the bug hits. Remembering that so much is related when it comes to your health, the sooner you put yourself on a healthier track, the better off you are. It should be noted that regular chiropractic sessions, whether as pain treatment or for other problems, has the compound effect of strengthening your nervous system, which in turn, makes your immune system more effective.

Certainly, if you’re in the Lincoln, Nebraska area, the specialists at Holmes Lake Chiropractic will put you on the right track to beat the flu this season. To learn more tips for avoiding getting sick or to find out about the many types of chiropractic care and back relief offered here, visit this practice online or call (402) 483-4409.


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Athletic Injuries

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Athletic Injuries

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports are all too common. Often, these injuries occur in someone who is just taking up sports as a form of activity, doesn’t use proper safety equipment, or becomes overzealous about the exercise regimen.

The more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic before undertaking such activities.

Strains and Sprains
Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another.

An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can lead to tears of muscles and tendons, called “strains,” and tears of ligaments result in “sprains.” These tears range from mild to severe. In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or stretched. Severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, are most often considered unstable injuries and frequently require surgical intervention. The intervertebral disc, a ligament between the vertebrae of the spine that works as a shock absorber, can also be torn, resulting in a disc bulge and/or herniation.

Ankle sprains most often involve tears of one or more of the ligaments along the outside of the ankle. Knee ligaments, including the larger external supportive ligaments and the smaller internal stabilizing ligaments, can also be torn. The cartilage on the back of the patella (knee-cap) can also become eroded from overuse, leading to a condition termed chondromalacia patella.

Tendinosis
In those who are training too much, overuse of a particular joint or joints in the body can result in pain and dysfunction. These injuries are called “overuse syndromes.” A common overuse injury is tendinosis, also called tendinitis. In this condition, the tendon becomes inflamed from repetitive use. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff (a complex of muscles that stabilizes and moves the shoulder) becomes inflamed, resulting in rotator cuff tendinitis. Tennis elbow is another form of tendinitis that occurs along the outside of the elbow, most commonly in tennis players. In golfer’s elbow, the tendons on the inside of the elbow are affected.

Stress Fractures
Some athletes may experience a stress fracture, also called a fatigue fracture. This type of fracture occurs when an abnormal amount of stress is placed on a normal bone. This might occur in a runner who rapidly increases the amount of mileage while training for a race. Stress fractures also occur in people who begin running as a form of exercise but overdo it from the start, rather than gradually progress to longer distances.

One final common injury is worth mentioning, and that is shin splints. This overuse injury is caused by microfractures on the front surface of the tibia (shin bone). This is most often seen in runners, although other athletes can also be affected.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Sports injuries are most often diagnosed from the history of the activity that brought on the pain, along with a physical examination. In some cases, x-rays are necessary to rule out a fracture. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diagnostic ultrasound are also used in finding soft-tissue injuries, like tendinitis and sprains.

Fractures require the application of some stabilizing device, such as a cast, after the bone is put back into position. Rarely, surgical intervention is required. There is a relatively standard treatment protocol for most of the other overuse types of injuries. This protocol involves the following:

Rest
Generally no more than 48 hours of rest and/or immobilization is needed, depending on the severity of the injury. In most cases, the sooner the person becomes active after an injury, the more rapid is the recovery. In fact, long-term immobilization can sometimes be harmful to recovery. Your doctor of chiropractic will guide this process, as too early a return to activity, choosing the wrong type of activity, or excessive activity can be detrimental.

Ice or heat
Ice or heat can be helpful with pain reduction and tissue healing.

Compression
Compression of the area may reduce the amount of swelling from the injury. Your doctor of chiropractic will determine if this will be beneficial in your case.

Elevation
Elevation of the injured arm or leg above the level of the heart is thought to be helpful in reducing swelling.

Pain relievers
Recent research has demonstrated that some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may actually slow the healing process by restricting the body’s natural healing mechanisms, so they should be used sparingly.

Joint manipulation
Recent research has shown us that, in some cases, joint manipulation can be helpful with pain reduction and more rapid recovery. Your doctor of chiropractic will determine if this procedure will be helpful in your case.

A Word about Prevention
In many cases, sports injuries can be prevented. Proper conditioning and warm-up and cool-down procedures, as well as appropriate safety equipment, can substantially reduce injuries. Understanding proper techniques can also go a long way toward preventing injuries.
Sufficient water intake is also an important preventive measure.

Source: American Chiropractic Association


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How Chiropractic Helps with Ear Infections

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How can chiropractic help my kids ear infections and keep it from coming back?

Ear problems can be excruciatingly painful, especially in children. With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.

Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and frequently results from another illness such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.

Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics, which can be effective if the culprit is bacterial (antibiotics, of course, do nothing to fight off viruses). But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body’s own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain. 

Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first).  Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.

Before yet another round of “maybe-they’ll-work-and-maybe-they-won’t” antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections. Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).

“Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly,” explains Dr. Fallon. She’d like to see her pilot study used as a basis for larger-scale trials of chiropractic as a therapeutic modality for otitis media.

Dr. Fallon uses primarily upper-cervical manipulation on children with otitis media, focusing particularly on the occiput, or back of the skull, and atlas, or the first vertebra in the neck. “Adjusting the occiput, in particular, will get the middle ear to drain. Depending on how chronic it’s been and on where they are in their cycle of antibiotics, children generally need to get through one bout of fluid and fight it off themselves.” That means, for the average child, between six and eight treatments. If a child’s case is acute, Dr. Fallon will check the ear every day, using a tympanogram to measure the ear and track the movement of the eardrum to make sure that it’s draining. “I’ll do adjustments every day or every other day for a couple of days if they’re acute, and then decrease frequency over time.”

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about your child’s ear infections. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children.

Read the complete article from the ACA by clicking here

 

Helpful Tip!

To reduce the severity and length of ear infections and the common cold, avoid foods that are mucus-thickening like cow’s milk, orange juice, peanuts, peanut butter, bananas, wheat, sugar, additives. These items can complicate the healing process.


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Dr. Austin Weaver
Holmes Lake Chiropractic
2855 South 70th Street, Suite 101
Lincoln, NE 68506

Phone: (402) 483-4409
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