Handling Headaches

Handling Headaches

Many Americans suffer from migraines and headache symptoms, some more frequent than others. The Winchester Institute has pulled together some interesting facts about headaches, triggers, and how you can manage them if they happen to you.

Did you know?

  • 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from migraines or headaches.

  • Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.

  • 85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.

  • More than 40% of all children have had a headache by the age of 7.

  • Only 12% of all headache and migraine sufferers seek preventive treatment.

  • 95% of headaches are primary headaches, meaning they are not caused by a disease. They are the primary health concern.

The Importance of Taking a Multivitamin in the Winter!

The Importance of Taking a Multivitamin in the Winter!

Our bodies endure wear and tear from environmental toxins, poor nutrition, and inactivity.  The importance of taking a multivitamin is crucial during the winter months because of our increased comfort (unhealthy) food consumption, stress, lack of exercise and sunlight. In order to supplement for a stronger immune system, we recommend taking a vitamin daily to help to replenish depleted nutrients.

Here are the top 5 vitamins and minerals our bodies need more of in the wintertime:

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is required for metabolic functions in the body, including tissue growth and repair, production of antistressor hormones, and production of interferon which is an important immune system protein.

Chiropractic and Dental Link

Chiropractic and Dental Link

Have you ever thought about how your teeth and the joints in your body can be related? First and foremost, Dentists and Chiropractors are both all about preventive care and maintaining a healthy mouth and body before it becomes unhealthy. That’s what we believe in, and research shows it’s true. It helps to save money, pain, and stress. We want to dive in deeper to explain an even more in-depth link between Dental and Chiropractic care.

Do you suffer from TMJ pain or headaches? What about neck pain? Please know that waking up with, or experiencing these symptoms is not “normal.” It is our job to help discover what is causing it and how to fix it. Headaches, neck, and jaw pain may mean needing to see several healthcare professionals to fully relieve those symptoms and get things back in proper function and alignment.  The same goes for your teeth. Maybe you have seen your Dentist recently in regard to jaw pain or discomfort. We want to help explain why you may need to see your Dentist and your Chiropractor for certain treatment needs.

What is My Gut Trying to Tell Me?

What is My Gut Trying to Tell Me?

At The Winchester Institute we focus on the whole health of our patients. One of the topics we encourage our patients to talk more about is their diet. Other important topics we dig deeper into are how we need to stress less, sleep more, and maintain physical activity.

The Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Gut Health:

What does being healthy mean to you?  We all have different ideas of what the word health means to us. We often think of health as lack of a symptom or as a feeling. Our medical dictionary says that in order to be healthy, we have to have a complete balance of chemical, physical, and social well-being. Health is not merely the absence of disease. You see, our health is one big complex system and it is a cascade of reactions. Mostly, due to our choices. As long as we are making healthy choices, they compound upon each other and lead to really well results. Similarly, when we make bad choices, they compound one upon the other. Once inflammation begins and overpowers our immune response, we end up with an illness, a symptom, or a “gut feeling” (no pun intended) that something just isn’t right. 

Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins

Preventative medicine agrees, there are three causes of disease: emotional/ physical stress, environmental/dietary toxins, and macro/micro trauma to our tissues, bones, and cells. We like to think of these as the three T’s: Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins.

Backpacks & Back Pain: It Is Avoidable!

Backpacks & Back Pain: It Is Avoidable!

With back to school time right around the corner, it’s a good time to bring up one important question: Are you carrying the right backpack for your neck and back? Children going back to school are not the only ones we should be concerned about. Adults carrying heavy computer bags, briefcases, and backpacks also have to make sure their bags have a proper fit and are not doing more harm than good!

One of the BIGGEST concerns with backpacks for children and adults is the mere weight of the bag.  Backpacks with an excess amount of space, to fit more books, will only make the bag heavier and cause one of two things:

  • Your shoulders to lean forward in order to carry the weight which puts more pressure on your back and shoulders.

  • The backpack will fall down on your back causing you to excessively arch your back and alter your normal gait.

Here are a two rule you should always follow for the health of your back. Backpacks should not hang lower than the small of your back or a few inches above your belt line.  Backpacks should fit firmly on your back with little sliding motion. Bags that hang too low or slide up and down can create stress in different areas of your back, causing discomfort and poor posture. Furthermore, it is important…

Our Products and Why?

Our Products and Why?

Our Doctors and staff at The Winchester Institute research our assortment of products by answering several important questions:

  • Does the product cater to our patient’s musculoskeletal problems?
  • Is the product durable and reliable? 
  • Is there research to support the product?
  • Is the quality the highest on the market?

We strive to give our patients the best care possible; not only through Chiropractic care, manual therapies, and rehabilitative exercise, but also by providing the best products possible to produce the best results at home.

After thoroughly reviewing our patient’s complaints, each at home exercise routine or product recommendation is to enhance our patient’s healing and well-being. At our clinic, it is very common for our patients to have some form of straightening or reversing of their cervical curve.  To put this into perspective, we would like to see the shape of a backward “C” in the cervical spine.

Why Do I Need Vitamin D?

Why Do I Need Vitamin D?

It is widely understood Vitamin D is vital for strong bones, but there are many additional ways in which Vitamin D can be essential. Vitamin D is important for neuromuscular function, immune health, disease prevention, and avoiding depression. Vitamin D has been diagnosed as deficient in the majority of North Americans.

The sun is one of our primary sources of Vitamin D. However, during the winter months, when the sun is not as abundant, it becomes especially important to know the other sources in which you can receive Vitamin D. Supplementation and certain food choices are key to making sure that your body has the proper levels of Vitamin D.  Food items such as cod liver oil, mackerel, salmon, tuna, egg yolks, and beef liver contain higher levels of Vitamin D. These options may not be the most favorable meal items for some, which makes supplementation that much more important.  Our Vitamin D supplements, in liquid or pill form, are pharmaceutical grade and can provide the necessary dosage of Vitamin D to prevent any deficiency. Our vitamin and supplement manufacturers only sell to licensed physicians and certify the quality and validity of their ingredients and product labeling...

Chiropractic Care and Migraines

Chiropractic Care and Migraines

At the Winchester Institute of Chiropractic, our doctors see a multitude of patients complaining of recurring headaches and migraines. Almost 5 million in the U.S. experience at least one migraine attack per month, while more than 11 million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability. Migraines occur most often in women; 18 percent of women experience migraines compared to 6 percent of men. In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from migraines. Headaches and migraines are an all too common complaint. The good news is they are treatable with chiropractic manipulations and supplementation.

 Chiropractic manipulations improve mobility of individual boney segments which in turn takes pressure off the surround nerve roots. This allows the body to function at a greater capacity. The adjustments work to restore blood flow to areas where it has been cut off. The effects of the chiropractic manipulations are; reduced stress and muscle tension, better blood and nerve flow and increased mobility. This is how adjustments are able to decrease the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines. One study, of 127 migraine sufferers, in Australia found that those that received chiropractic treatment had fewer attacks and needed to take less medication. The 1999 study found that more than 80 percent of the patients blamed stress for leading to their migraine attacks. Therefore researchers believe chiropractic care might physically help reduce the body’s reaction to stress.

Step Up Your Tennis Game with Chiropractic Care

Step Up Your Tennis Game with Chiropractic Care

Common injuries tennis players suffer are in the lower extremities, especially the knees and calf muscles. Tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, rolled/twisted ankles and lower back pain can also be problematic areas for both competitive and social players. Timely Chiropractic treatments for players can help avoid time off the court, expensive surgery, and consequently months of rehabilitation. Three of the fundamental causes of tennis injuries I see are: poor posture and balance, lack of flexibility, and improperly functioning muscles.

The Doctors at The Winchester Institute are trained to identify stiff or improperly functioning joints that may be restricting access to power and movement. Regular Chiropractic treatment to both spinal and extremity joints can often result in noticeable and immediate improvements to a patient’s game. For example, a stiff thoracic spine, once adjusted, will allow serve speed to increase. Restoring full range of motion...

Kick Colds and Flu This Season

Kick Colds and Flu This Season

The weather is changing and cold and flu season is upon us. While it may be impossible to avoid exposure, it is possible to minimize your chances of letting those nasty bugs take hold.

People ask me all the time what suggestions I can offer to help them fight colds and flu. One thing I always emphasize is frequent handwashing; this is your first line of defense. Bacteria can be transferred through people coughing, sneezing, talking and touching surfaces with contaminated hands. Washing with warm, soapy water for 15-20 seconds is the best defense against catching or transferring bacteria.