Monday, July 25, 2011

Introducing Cold Laser Therapy

Fitzpatrick Family Chiropractic is very concerned about helping people heal faster and get back to doing the things they enjoy. In keeping with this theme, we have added the latest technology for joint and soft tissue problems, Cold Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy is a painless, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of injuries.

The potential benefits that one can experience from cold laser therapy include:

• Relief of acute or chronic pains
• Promotes faster healing
• Increase blood flow and immune function
• Reduce inflammation

Laser therapy is used to treat over 300 conditions, such as:

• Sprains/Strains • Tendonitis
• Bursitis • Arthritis
• Neck Pain • Low Back Pain

Laser Therapy can be used for accelerating healing from injuries or when other conventional therapies have been ineffective. If you are interested in learning more about how laser therapy can help you, schedule a consultation by calling 624-5145.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sugar Vs. Vitamin C

When we start feeling sick, we all know that Vitamin C is supposed to help our immune system fight off bacterial, viral, and other infections. However, what most people don’t know is that we often sabotage ourselves inadvertently when we’re sick by eating lots of sugary comfort foods. Sugar and Vitamin C actually compete with each other for space inside our cells. Our cells don’t recognize the difference in the chemical makeup between sugar and Vitamin C, so if you already have a lot of one, there’s not any room for the other. This means that if you have a temporary blood sugar boost from eating sweetened cereals or a donut with your OJ and vitamin supplement at breakfast, only small amounts of Vitamin C may actually make it into your cells. Studies show a blood sugar value of 120 mg/dL reduces your germ-killing ability by 75%. So when you are feeling ill, it’s important to not only load up on Vitamin C, but to also cut back on your sugar intake to improve your immune function and decrease your amount of time being sick. Just drink a tall glass of water with that Vitamin C supplement and let the healing begin.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You're as Young as You Move

Picture a 5 year old out in his yard on a sunny spring day. Now picture a 40 year old at the same place. Then a 75 year old. What differences did you notice? Most likely, you saw various amounts of movement. This is because how much you move determines how young you feel – and vice versa. Chiropractic helps you move with less aches and pains by making you stable before you move. It may not be able to actually reverse your age, but it can help you feel younger!

When we move, we have to stabilize ourselves first. Would you rather reach up to change a light bulb standing on a sturdy step ladder or bean bag chair? Our spines and joints have small muscle stabilizers that stiffen our core so that we can have controlled movements.

If these stabilizers are overloaded, they’re like a blown fuse in a fuse box and shut off. This means that the other muscles and joints have to pick up the slack. And just like anyone who has ever done a two-person job on their own, mistakes can happen and injuries can occur. Chiropractic helps take care of the injuries when they happen and switches the stabilizers back on so that we can move easier… and yes, feel younger!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Patti's and Fitzy's Giving It Back 5K

Come join in a 5K race of the southeast side of Solon. All proceeds from this race will go to the Solon Outdoor Event Center (the new outdoor track and stadium complex).

Patti's and Fitzy's Giving It Back 5K
Saturday June 19th, 2010 10:00am
Patti's Woodfire Grill
101 Windflower Lane, Solon, IA

Print registration forms here:
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Race Map:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Make No Bones About It

As our first few days of blustery cold weather are upon us, we know that slippery ice will be just around the corner. One of the greatest concerns I have heard from folks lately is about falling and breaking a bone. While only 4% of falls result in a fracture, one of the best ways to decrease your risks of fracture or osteoporosis is to build up better bone density through the foods you eat.
When we think of building stronger bones, our first thoughts lead to drinking plenty of milk. While milk is a great start, there are many options for calcium-rich foods. Many people have some degree of lactose intolerance. For those individuals, eating or drinking dairy products causes problems like cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. For individuals who dislike dairy products or are unable to properly digest them, other options are available. Calcium can also be found in dark green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and romaine lettuce, as well as in dried beans and legumes. The National Academy of Sciences currently recommends that people ages 19-50 consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day, and that those age 50 and over pack in 1,200 milligrams per day. Calcium is also available in supplements, but beware that some calcium tablets are not easily taken up for the body to actually use.
However, calcium isn’t the only player in this equation – there are other important ingredients in building strong bones, like Vitamins D and K. Vitamin D is what moves calcium from your stomach to your bones. We can easily receive our daily dose of Vitamin D from 15 minutes of sunshine in the spring or summer. During an Iowa winter, though, it’s best to obtain Vitamin D through fortified orange juice, milk, yogurts or high-quality supplements. Vitamin K also plays a very important role in bone formation and how calcium is used. Vitamin K can be found in green leafy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and dark green lettuce.
On a final note, keep in mind that the last thing you want to do after eating all of these bone-healthy foods is to consume something that steals calcium away from you. Salty foods and carbonated beverages actually take calcium from your body, leaving your bones weaker than before. Studies show that alcohol and smoking rob calcium from the body as well.
As we bundle up and prepare for another round of Ice Capades this winter, remember that by consuming the right foods and avoiding some others, we can all build and maintain stronger bones through calcium and Vitamins D and K. So if you slip and fall, you will only hurt your pride, not your bones!

For more information on calcium-rich foods, check out: Harvard Study

Friday, November 13, 2009

Starting off on the Right Foot

The average person takes between 3,000 and 5,000 steps per day. With each step, we put a remarkable amount of stress on our feet. When everything is working properly, we take it for granted. When there is a problem, each step can be agonizingly painful. People who are steadily on their feet, such as nurses, teachers, and restaurant staff, are more inclined to have foot problems, as are athletes who participate in foot-stressing activities such as volleyball, running, basketball, and tennis. However, when problems occur, there is help.

If you have ever twisted your ankle, you might still have some weakness, which could still be causing problems. The most common injuries to the ankle include turning it in, such as when wearing high heels; or turning it over, by stepping on a stone or the edge of a curb. These are examples of common ankle sprains.
Occasionally the end of the bone on the outside of the ankle breaks, but more often the ligaments of the ankle on the front and side get torn and produce massive swelling and bruising. It can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover from the immediate injury, but the ligaments very rarely repair satisfactorily and often become full of scar tissue, which is not elastic. This increases the likelihood of rolling it over again and causing further sprains. Such repeated traumas will influence the mechanics of the ankle and cause problems in the joint and the structures above, such as the knee and spine. These tend to become obvious after jogging or long walks, especially on uneven ground, but since the actual symptoms may be in other joints, you do not necessarily think of that old ankle injury being the origin of the problem. Chiropractic treatment can help to prevent chronic and recurring problems.

Another common concern is plantar fasciitis. The arches of our feet work together to serve as shock absorbers when we are standing, walking, and running. Normally, the bones, ligaments and tendons are able to spread out the stress of gravity throughout the entire foot so no single area is overloaded. However, after an injury, such as twisting an ankle or standing on hard surfaces day after day, the 26 bones of the foot can become stuck out of alignment and your foot’s shock absorbers do not continue to work properly. Now whenever you take a step, all of the force gets put on one area, typically the bottom of the heel, and this area become inflamed.

Over time, this pressure on the bottom of the foot can lead to the development of a heel spur. These heel problems don’t often go away on their own. I have seen patients who have had little success with treatments like oral anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, orthotics, and prolonged physical therapy. Some have been deemed candidates for surgical removal of the spurs but have declined to pursue that option, electing instead to use chiropractic care and conservative management in an effort to change and improve the actual source of problem.

By focusing on getting each individual foot bone to move properly and stay in the correct alignment, the foot’s natural shock absorbers can work again and take pressure off the heel. Proper alignment also places less stress on the ligaments and decreases the risk of repeated ankle sprains, thereby reducing stress on the knees, hips, and lower back.

If you have grown frustrated with an uncooperative foot, chiropractic care may be able to help you.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Back by Popular Demand...Chi Running Clinic

Learn to run faster, easier, and injury-free. We will be going through the Chi Running DVD, practicing the different skills presented in the video, and taking a short run through the Windflower Lane development to apply the Chi Running principles. Registration is at 3:30p.m. and the cost is $5.00. The registration fee will benefit the Solon Outdoor Events Center. Everyone is invited!