Surviving Summer Travels! 

  • By 7016572338
  • 20 Jun, 2017

Tips on how to survive the pain of long trips!

You’ve been in the car or the plane for hours, your back is aching and your legs are stiff and sore; you can’t wait to stand up and get moving again. We’ve all been there. This summer, plan for a pain-free travel experience by making small changes that can make a big difference in how you feel. 

"Prolonged sitting causes a buildup of pressure in the blood vessels in your lower legs, which causes soreness" explains Scott Bautch, DC, president of the ACA Council on Occupational Health. “Simple moves, such as stretching or contracting and relaxing your muscles, can increase blood flow.”

“Treat travel like an athletic event,” he suggests. “Warm up before getting into a car or on the plane, and cool down once you reach your destination. For example, taking a short, brisk walk to stretch your hamstring and calf muscles before and after a long trip can help prevent problems.”

Consider these additional tips for healthier travels:

Travel by Car

  • Adjust the seat so you are as close to the steering wheel as comfortably possible.
  • Progress through a series of muscle stretches when driving: open your toes as wide as you can, and count to 10. Count to five while you tighten your calf muscles, then your thigh muscles, then your gluteal muscles. Roll your shoulders forward and back. Always make sure to put safety first and keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Do not grip the steering wheel. Instead, alternate tightening and loosening your grip occasionally to improve hand circulation and decrease muscle fatigue in the arms, wrists and hands.
  • Take rest breaks and take the opportunity to move around to refresh yourself. Never underestimate the potential consequences of fatigue to yourself, your passengers and other drivers. Get out and move aroundYour spine is designed to move. Sitting in one position in a car will stiffen up your back muscles and can lead to achiness and possibly muscle spasm. If possible, plan ahead for to schedule stops—ideally every 30 minutes—and get out of the car so you can move around and stretch. Movement stimulates blood circulation, which brings nutrients and oxygen to your lower back.

    In between exercise stops, try to move a little in your seat. Even 10 seconds of movement and stretching is better than sitting still. At a minimum adjust your seat and change your position slightly every 15 to 20 minutes. Pump your ankles to keep the blood flowing and provide a slight stretch in your hamstring muscles . Any movement that is safe to do in the car will help you out.

  • Bring along a cold pack

    If you have back pain, it may be a good idea to bring an ice pack or cold pack along in the car with you.

    Most back pain is accompanied by inflammation. Applying a cold pack can reduce the inflammation and numb sore tissues. Please remember to always use a towel or another protective barrier to avoid ice burn.

    Here are some options:

    • Bring a cooler in the car with you and keep reusable ice packs in it, or make your own ice pack and bring it along
    • Buy some instant ice packs at a pharmacy or general merchandise store. Keep them in the glove compartment in case you ever need them

  • Real Food Not Junk

    Everyone knows that gas station hot dogs and liters of sugary sodas aren’t good for us but that doesn’t stop us from consuming them, especially while on a long road trip. People travel thousands of miles for the holidays and stopping at fast food restaurants seems like the best idea when you just want to get wherever you’re going in the fastest way possible.

    While junk food doesn’t make you feel good and can cause indigestion, did you know it could also cause other forms of pain? If you eat well most of the time but suddenly introduce your body to food of the junk variety your systems could reject it in curious ways. A healthy diet for a healthy person keeps the body’s insulin levels regulated naturally. When you add a sudden influx of unhealthy food the body goes into overtime producing insulin that can cause inflammation, aches, and pain. Imagine what junk food does to a person over an extended period of time.

    Not only will this snack bag keep you fueled, but it will also help you resist the temptation to stop for less healthy food options on the road. Be sure, however, to make sure that your snack options are healthy and not sugar loaded, particularly if you have kids joining you on this road trip. Healthy snack options might include string cheese, rice cakes, nuts, and apple slices. Don’t neglect your hydration either– bring a cooler packed with plenty of water.

Travel by Airplane

  • Stand up straight and feel the normal "S" curve of your spine. To prevent back pain, use rolled-up pillows or blankets to maintain that curve when you sit in your seat.
  • Check all bags heavier than 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. Overhead lifting of any significant amount of weight should be avoided to reduce the risk of pain in the lower back or neck.
  • When pushing your belongings under the seat, do not force the object with an awkward motion using your legs, feet or arms. This may cause muscle strain or spasms in the upper thighs and lower back muscles.
  • While seated, vary your position occasionally to improve circulation and avoid leg cramps.


Don't have your wallet, cell phone, or anything else in your back pocket, as that may throw your spine out of alignment.

Reduce reaching for the steering wheel, which places more stress on the lumbar spine, neck, shoulder, and wrists. Instead, sit as close to the steering wheel as possible without compromising your safety.

Sit up straight with your knees slightly higher than your hips, and keep your chin pulled in so that your head sits straight on top of your spine.

Make sure that your back is aligned against the back of your seat. For most people, this means adding extra support to the car seat. There are many  specialized cushions and pillows  that can help with  sciatica pain  or  lower back pain . Commonly available cushions can be gel-filled made of memory foam materials. You can also use a small pillow or roll up a scarf and place it between your lower back and the seat to support the contour of the inward curve in your lower back. Here at Chiropractic Associates in Paris, Texas we have a wonderful lumbar support pillow that we recommend for your long summer trips!


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By 7016572338 28 Dec, 2017
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By 7016572338 21 Sep, 2017

Fall means football, flu season, and that last stretch of pleasant weather before winter kicks in. Days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting cooler, and as the holidays approach, it’s a tempting time to slip out of exercise routines and pack on the pounds.

This guide provides helpful tips to promote health and wellness throughout the season.

Weather Change and Your Body

A change in weather can also mean a shift in the way your body’s muscles and bones feel—and sound! The Arthritis Foundation reports that a drop in temperature or barometric pressure can definitely correspond to an increase in arthritis pain and pressure inside joints.

Watch the Weather Report

Thunderstorms that come with fall weather also bring about pollutants such as pollen, smoke and mold, which can aggravate allergy suffers. Additionally, the foundation found that 50 to 80 percent of people who suffer from migraines get them more when weather changes. Patricia Prince, M.D. performed a two-year study of migraine sufferers in 2004. She asked them to document their migraine patterns over that time and then she compared them to National Weather Service records. She found, according to the foundation, that about half of the study participants got migraines that coincided with weather changes.

Acupuncture can provide relief and ease allergies. Acupuncture may be used to compliment your current allergy fighting routine or can be used alone. It can even help strengthen the body and prevent reactions to allergens in the first place. Unlike antihistamines and decongestants, acupuncture is free of side effects, such as drowsiness and immune system suppression. 

Prioritize Physical Activity

Take advantage of the sunlight and try exercising outside as much as possible. You’ll get a boost of disease-fighting vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” which is harder to come by naturally as winter approaches and the days grow ever shorter. Research shows that it’s easier to focus on activities while you’re outdoors, so you may be more likely to keep up with a fitness program if it’s taking place outside.

With after-school activities, holidays, and busy weekends, finding time to work out can be a challenge, especially if you have younger children. Try breaking up your workout into a few mini sessions throughout the day. Try taking a walk at lunch. A few minutes of stretching in the morning before leaving for work can make it easier to fit fitness in around the day’s activities.

Recruiting a friend as a workout buddy can keep you accountable to each other. A gym partner can motivate you to show up for your workout instead of putting it off. 

Prevent Sickness

It is possible to keep yourself healthier during the winter months.  Here are some tips to help you keep as healthy as possible:

  • Wash your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • Get plenty of sleep to avoid a weakened immune system
  • Eat healthful, fresh foods with vitamins and minerals to support immune health, including plenty of vitamin C
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid emotionally or physically stressful situations
  • Get plenty of rest
  • If you do get sick, stay home from work or school to avoid worsening symptoms or infecting others
  • Try not to share objects that can carry germs, like drinks and kitchen utensils
  • Immediately discard used tissues after coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading germs

It goes without saying, if you are running a high fever for an extended period of time, are becoming dehydrated or are feeling the ‘effects’ of a serious flu episode, seek medical attention immediately.

Maintain Good Nutrition

With such a variety in season, eating well as the leaves turn doesn’t have to be a chore. These seasonal fruits and veggies tend to be hearty, filling foods that can satisfy your hunger during colder weather.

While a fridge and pantry stocked with seasonal produce is a great start, fall also brings an array of eating habits to watch out for.

From tailgating at football games to the Thanksgiving table, the temptation to overeat is everywhere. You don’t have to cut out all the bad stuff entirely, but watch your portions and try eating more of the healthier foods at the spread. Try to eat half a plate of fruits and veggies and leave the other half for everything else.

Avoid empty, liquid calories like soda and alcohol as much as possible and limit your holiday treats to gatherings. Halloween candy and sugary food gifts are common this time of year. Don’t keep seasonal cookies and candies around the house, where you’re more likely to munch on them.

By 7016572338 22 Aug, 2017

Athletes can experience many different benefits from receiving chiropractic care.  Not only can adjustments help when treating injuries from high-impact sports such as wrestling, football, and hockey, but they offer other benefits as well.  It’s been shown that high-impact sports can place the same amount of strain on the body as an auto collision.  Athletes getting routine adjustments may notice improved athletic performance, improved range of motion (especially in endurance athletes), better flexibility, increased blood flow, and may suffer from fewer injuries.  Because spinal adjustments will reduce the irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae, the healing time from minor injuries can be shortened, improving performance.

Both high-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from routine spinal adjustments.  For high-impact athletes, it increases performance and flexibility and lowers the risk for injury; for low-impact athletes (golfers, tennis players, and bowlers), routine adj

By 7016572338 17 Aug, 2017


The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body. We are able to reach over our head, behind our back, and across the front of our body. This extreme motion in the shoulder can lead to shoulder injuries rather easily. The shoulder joint is very shallow and is held together mostly by ligaments. The muscles surrounding the shoulder are what actually give it most of its stability and strength. The rotator cuff is a group of small muscles that hold the humerus, the bone in the upper arm, against the shoulder joint. Several muscles in the upper chest and upper back stabilize the shoulder even further by ensuring smooth and even motion of the shoulder.

By 7016572338 08 Aug, 2017

Fall and Winter is coming and so is cold and flu season! Colds can be irritating and flu can be dangerous, so at Chiropractic Associates, we do our best to help our patients avoid illnesses and stay healthy. Using a variety of natural methods, we can help our patients build up their immune system and improve their ability to fight off sickness!


Spinal adjustment is the primary method of treatment that chiropractors use to help patients get healthy and stay healthy. Spinal adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is done by realigning the vertebrae to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. This technique works in a variety of ways to boost the effectiveness of the immune system. Spinal adjustment helps the body regulate hormones like cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone the body produces in response to stress. Cortisol can inhibit the immune system, which is part of why stress can cause illness. By controlling production of this hormone, spinal adjustment can help the body stay healthy.

Spinal adjustment also helps the immune system by eliminating subluxations. A subluxation is a condition caused by compression of the spinal column in the vertebrae. Subluxations can cause signals from the brain to misfire, resulting in physical dysfunction, leading to a variety of illnesses and diseases. By correcting subluxations, chiropractors can improve the body’s ability to heal itself and fight off illnesses.


Even when illness strikes, spinal adjustment can help speed up the recovery process. Some patients hesitate to come to the chiropractic clinic when they’re not feeling well. We encourage patients suffering from a cold or flu to come in if they’re feeling up to it, because we can help expedite their recovery.


Spinal adjustment isn’t the only method that chiropractors use to boost the immune system. At Choice Chiropractic, we use a variety of natural techniques to keep our patients healthy.

  • Nutrition counseling: Diet plays a big role in the body’s ability to fight off viruses. Foods like citrus fruits, probiotics, herbs, spices and garlic can all help patients get the vitamins and supplements they need to stay healthy.
  • Lifestyle advice: People make choices every day that can either help or inhibit their immune system. Sleeping well, using effective stress management techniques and exercising regularly can all help patients stay healthy. Proper wellness starts with good lifestyle choices. At Choice Chiropractic, we help our patients make the lifestyle choices that will help them avoid illness and stay healthy.
  • Postural screening and correction: Poor posture can lead to subluxations that then inhibit the immune system. We help our patients avoid this problem with our postural screening and posture correction techniques.

By 7016572338 03 Aug, 2017

Why Chiropractic Care Should Be in Your Back-To-School Preparations

It’s almost that time of year again, school is starting up again throughout Texas!The summer is winding down, athletics are winding up, and school will be back in session any day. While this obviously brings some excitement, it can also bring a bit of anxiety. But the more prepared you are, the easier the process of going back to school feels for everyone. In the midst of all of the preparations such as buying supplies, picking out new clothes, and tending to busy schedules, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important aspects of preparing for school: Your health. To get a jumpstart on a healthy school year, take a look at these reasons to make chiropractic care a part of your routine.

Because Books are Heavy

It’s a rite of passage for kids: A fresh, colorful new backpack to start off the school year. While there’s no doubt that using a backpack makes carrying books easier, there’s some debate about whether a heavy backpack is harmful to a child’s health, potentially causing chronic back pain or back injuries.When kids go back to school, they come home with backpacks full of heavy books and supplies.  A heavy bag might cause or exacerbate misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can cause pain and discomfort that won’t go away until the misalignments are corrected. This is where chiropractors may be able to step in and make a big difference.

Children who habitually carry heavy or unbalanced backpacks may develop the following conditions:

  • Circulation problems/nerve damage. Some backpacks have flimsy, narrow straps that aren't well-padded. These can dig into the shoulders, cutting off circulation to the arms and hands. Children may notice a numbness, tingling, or weakness.

  • Compressed vertebrae and inflamed cartilage. You've probably seen a child with a heavy backpack get pulled backwards by the weight. Some children try to re-balance themselves by arching their backs or leaning forward at the hips. Either of these motions can compress the vertebrae of the spine, leading to inflammation of the cartilage discs between the bones. This causes soreness in the middle of the back or lower back.

  • Muscle contractions. Excessive strain on the back can lead to involuntary flexing and releasing of the muscles, similar to a spasm.

  • Neck, upper back, or shoulder strains. A heavy weight pulling on the shoulders  can strain (cause tiny tears in) the muscles of the shoulder, neck, and upper back. Strains of the upper back between the shoulder blades are very common, since many children will hump their backs under the weight of the pack.

  • Posture issues. Poor posture can result from carrying a poorly-designed, ill-fitting, overloaded bag. Weeks or months of struggling under a heavy weight can lead to problems like rounded shoulders, especially in girls.

  • Wearing a backpack on one shoulder, which some children find more stylish, can also contribute to upper back pain by creating an imbalance in posture as the child leans to the other side to compensate.

  • In worst-case scenarios, heavy packs may contribute to or worsen scoliosis   (curvature of the spine, more common in girls).


Here are 10 tips for parents and children to help avoid back pain:

  • Buy the smallest pack necessary. If the pack is too large, your child may be tempted to fill it to capacity.

  • Watch the weight. A backpack, when fully packed, should weigh no more than 10–15% of the child's body weight. For example, if your child is 60 pounds, her backpack weight should not exceed nine pounds. A six-pound pack would be even safer. Starting with a lightweight pack made from canvas or nylon is a good start.

  • Padded straps and back are a must. Wide, well-cushioned shoulder straps will keep straps from digging into the shoulders. A padded back provides additional comfort and protects the back from being poked by book corners and other objects.

  • Look for waist belts. Backpacks with waist belts can help to distribute the weight over the hips, taking some of the pressure off the shoulders and upper/mid back. (The same principle is used in backpacking to help adults comfortably carry gear up to 40+ pounds.)

  • Compartments are key. Packs with compartments can help to immobilize objects and distribute weight evenly across the pack. Put heavier items in the center of the pack.  
  • Tighten up the straps. Keeping the pack close to the back and centered relieves pressure on the shoulders and lower back. Tighten straps until the pack is worn close. If the bottom of the bag is hanging over the buttocks, the adjustable straps need to be tightened until the bag is brought up.

  • Use the locker or cubby. If your child has been assigned a place to keep his things during the day, encourage him to use it instead of carrying every book all day.

  • Don't carry everything every day. Look for ways to pack wisely and limit unnecessary items. For example, does your child need to bring every notebook to class every day? Only carry home the books needed to do that night's homework.
  • Lift the bag safely. Always bend at the knees to pick up a heavy pack, and use both hands.

  • Wear the pack over both shoulders. "One-shouldering" a backpack is unw

Because Germs Will Be Rampant

Because the spine is a part of the central nervous system, its health greatly affects every system in the body, including the immune system. The healthier the spine, the healthier the CNS, and the healthier the immune system. When kids go back to school, they’ll be exposed to all sorts of new germs and illnesses. By getting regular chiropractic care, you may help keep the immune system boosted, and germs far away.

Because It Starts the Year Off Right

Starting off the school year on the right foot may make or break the entire year. Beginning the year with chiropractic care may help you begin with better health, a more comfortable body, and a bit more flexibility, both physically and mentally. Because this sort of care can make you feel generally better and improve overall health, it’s a great way to get your school year started and your health on the right path.

If you would like to try chiropractic care, visit with chiropractors at  Chiropractic Associates.  At Chiropractic Associates  we have affordable pricing  that makes getting care easier than ever. Before your kids go back to school, get them on a path to wellness that can last all year long. Check out Chiropractic Associates as soon as today for quality care and a great addition to your back-to-school preparations.

By 7016572338 27 Jul, 2017

DID YOU KNOW that structural shifts in the spine can happen from the birth process?

A typical birth can place 60-90 lbs of force onto an infant’s head and neck. While most children  are okay, these shifts have been associated with colic, constipation, sleep issues and trouble feeding. Early check ups can help prevent structural shifts from becoming a chronic problem.

For newborns and infants, the path to good health begins with a natural drug-free approach. Well, chiropractic care provides just that. Like adults, newborns and infants can benefit in a variety of ways from spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustments. Let’s not forget they were curled up in a tiny ball for nine months being sloshed around while Mom went about her life -- so you’d be a little out of alignment, too! Here are a few things to look for.

By 7016572338 25 Jul, 2017

Nothing starts your day off better than getting a good night's SLEEP !   And sleeping with the right  pillow can help.

"Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how healthfully we rest and recharge," says sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist  and author of Beauty Sleep : Look Younger, Lose Weight , and Feel Great Through Better Sleep .

But the wrong pillow may worsen headaches , neck pain , shoulder  and arm numbness, discomfort, sneezing , and wheezing , notes orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Hecht, MD.

"A bad pillow won't be the cause of any of these problems, but using the incorrect pillow can certainly exacerbate many of the underlying problems linked to these symptoms , and it certainly can keep you from getting a good night's rest," says Hecht, the co-chief of spine surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.

And if your pillow is past its prime, it may contain skin  cells, mold, mildew, fungus, and dust mites , which make up more than half of an older pillow's weight, Breus notes.

Is it time to buy a new pillow? Experts say the general rule is to buy a pillow every 12 to 18 months. After two years, it's definitely got to go.

By 7016572338 13 Jul, 2017

The use of computers in virtually every home, school and workplace environment has given rise to a host of related injuries affecting an unprecedented number of people worldwide

Without even realizing it, people often sit for hours a day hunched over a desk or in front of a computer, with their heads held forward for extended periods of time. Over time, this unnatural position places significant stress on the head, neck, shoulders and back, causing a condition known as Sitting-Down Syndrome. This condition has prompted an exponential increase in the number of people suffering from a variety of ailments that include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Lower-back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist pain

When seated for extended periods of time, muscles contract and eventually become tighter and shorter, placing undue stress on other muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In an unconscious effort to relieve the pain caused by this condition, your body compensates in a way that weakens your muscles even further. In turn, this repetitive condition leads to even more pain and suffering unless this cycle is interrupted and corrected.

Here are some simple thing to help you through your day!

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