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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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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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What Is Chiropractic

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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Chiropractors can help with:


  • Neck/Low Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Disc Problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Colic
  • Menopausal “Hot Flashes”
  • Bed wetting
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Infant latching issues
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Stiff/Sore Joints
  • Digestive Issues
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual Issues
  • And Many More!

For more information on chiropractic please visit American Chiropractic Association for a detailed explanation

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8 Steps to Beat the Cold and Flu!

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There are many lifestyle factors which will directly contribute to maintaining your good health and well-being, especially during the cold and flu season.  Many of these factors are directly under your control and may help you keep your immune system strong!  This is good news!

1.  START NOW!  Rather than waiting for a cold or flu to strike, be proactive and congratulate yourself for taking an active and vital role in your healthcare.  Consider regular chiropractic care.  Regular chiropractic adjustments strengthen and optimize the functioning of the master control system of your body – your amazing nervous system.  Your nervous system controls all of the functions in your mind and body – including your immune system.  

2. DON’T FEED THE BUGS! – Cold and flu bugs like to feed on sugar, so limit your intake of sugar and refined (simple) carbohydrates, especially during the cold and flu season.  Sugar, white flour and other processed foods create stress and inflammation in your body and mind.  This will also slow down your ability to heal.  If you are using nutrition supplements or vitamins, talk with Dr. Weaver about what vitamin supplements you are taking, so he can help you determine if you are getting the most benefit from them.

3. EXERCISE – Engaging in regular exercise benefits not only your body and your mind but regular exercise also strengthens your immune system!   In his best-selling book, SPARK, John Ratey, M.D. explains the new scientific discoveries regarding the role of exercise in improving mood and attention, strengthening your immune system and lowering stress and anxiety.  Regular exercise also appears to guard against and even reverse some of the effects of aging on the brain.  Dr. Ratey says: “In order for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to MOVE”.  Check with Dr. Weaver about the right exercise program for you.

4. HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS CHECKED – Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to lowered immunity.  A recent review of the medical literature published in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med, 2007; 357:  266-281), strongly suggests that a Vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor in the development of infections – such as the flu.  We do not get the sun exposure in the winter months, like we do in the summer.  This has been found to be a direct correlation as to why there are much fewer colds and flu in the summer.  Boost that immunity with Vitamin D3

5.  CONSIDER USING PROBIOTICS – Probiotics are the “good” bacteria which live in your gut and help keep your immune system strong.  “Good” bacteria protect us from germs, viruses and other microorganisms that could cause disease.  “Good” bacteria also assist us with the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients.  Probiotics are available in dietary supplements.  Yogurt also contains probiotics (but stay away from yogurt with lots of added sugar, remember…“don’t feed the bugs”).   Most often, these “good” bacteria come from two groups, Lactobacillus (best for adults) or Bifidobacterium (best for children).

6. DEVELOP SKILLFUL STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH STRESS – Stress is a part of life.  However, there are many scientific studies which now suggest that overwhelming physical, emotional and chemical stresses (if left untreated) can weaken your immune system and may make you more prone to colds and the flu.  If we are overwhelmed by too much stress, our minds and bodies will respond as if our survival is being threatened, even if the “threat” is one we have created only in our minds, by getting “stressed out”.  This is called your “fight or flight” or stress response.   As part of your ”fight or flight” response,  the body will TAKE ENERGY AWAY FROM YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM (the immune system requires a lot of energy to function) and use that energy to try and maintain your stress response and ensure, first and foremost, that you “survive”.   

7.  PRACTICE MINDFUL LIVING – Take time each day to enjoy being fully present with people (with face-to-face interactions rather than Facebook).  Take a little break from the computer and engage in meaningful events and/or hobbies that are not computer-related.  Live mindfully, in the present moment.  Take yourself outdoors, if possible, and surround yourself with meaningful and inspiring experiences.
8.  BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND STAY POSITIVE – Sometimes life can be very challenging and stressful.  So, despite our best efforts, the functioning of our immune system may be lowered by too much stress and we might develop cold and flu symptoms.  Stay positive, and remember that your body has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself if given the time and the right conditions.  So, if you develop symptoms, take it easy, slow down and take care of yourself.  Get plenty of restful sleep – this is the time when your body does the most healing.  Drinking plenty of water will also help the healing process.  Talk with Dr. Weaver about additional vitamins & nutrition supplements which will help you to strengthen and support your immune system.  If symptoms persist, he will also recommend you seek further attention from your primary care doctor.

We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your healthcare team.  Please share this information with family & friends to help them stay well too!

Be Active Be Healthy,Dr. Austin Weaver, DC


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Dr. Austin Weaver
Spine & Sport Chiropractic
4130 Pioneer Woods Dr, Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68506

Phone: (402) 483-4409

M: 9:00 am – 5:45 pm
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