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Do I Really Need To Go To My Appointments? (The Answer is Yes)

Brandy Kaasa

Chiropractic Helps Prevent Injury

Chiropractic adjustments are safe and gentle actions that help correct vertebral subluxations (a condition in which the spinal bones, or vertebrae, are incorrectly aligned). Not only do chiropractic adjustments help realign the spine, but they are an alternative to drugs and surgery. How are adjustments an all-natural alternative to drugs and surgery? By having a spine in the proper position, nerves are able to function correctly, thereby improving your body's ability to prevent injury and disease.

Your Treatment Plan Is Not A Random Schedule

Every health care facility is a little different and every patient will get a different diagnosis and treatment plan, and chiropractic is no different. Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, “you never know what you're gonna get." Every patient gets a unique treatment plan with the proper schedule and therapies to get that person feeling better as soon as possible. Even patients who have the same symptoms, problems, and concerns may require very different treatment plans due to a number of factors such as age and pre-existing conditions. By not following your treatment plan and missing appointments, you are essentially questioning the doctor's plan to get you feeling good.

Asking Questions Is Great

Like all health care practices, it's better to have a conversation with your doctor than to receive a lecture with each visit. We feel the same way. We welcome active participation in your care and will answer questions about your treatment or anything you could think of, related to chiropractic of course.

Chiropractic Works Best In Multiple

In the same way that getting fit or building muscle takes more than one trip to the gym, chiropractic takes more than one adjustment to see improvements (although there can be some improvement seen after one adjustment it is not very common that one adjustment alone returns a person to fully functional status). Each adjustment improves upon what was done at the last appointment. Missing your appointments can stall (or in worst cases, reverse) the improvements made by you and your doctor.

Keep Our Books On Time So You Can Be Too

Missing or skipping appointments is never a good thing. It's not good for you to miss appointments and miss out on, or possibly harm, the progress we have made in getting your spine back in order. It can affect other patients as well, since the time slot we had saved for you couldn't be used for them.

Now, this is not to say that cancellations aren't possible. We understand that things come up, but most situations are known in advance and are not last minute emergencies. And one of the worst parts about missing your appointment is that you miss your appointment, which can make you feel worse than if you had just come in the first place!

If you have any questions about your schedule or do need to change an appointment, make sure you let someone at the front desk know. We would love to help you come in at a time that works for you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Spine and You

Brandy Kaasa

The spine is, literally, the backbone of your life. Such an important body part deserves to be healthy so that you, too, can be healthy and happy. There is a lot that goes on in the spine, a lot more than many would suspect.

The spine is known by many names, such as the spinal column, the vertebral column, or the backbone. The backbone contains many parts that keep your head on straight, and any problems or changes in any of those parts can cause numerous problems, including headaches and back pain, jaw pain, and infantile colic.

What Makes Up the Spine?

The spine is comprised of 24 bones known as vertebrae. These vertebrae are connected to each other. They start at the skull and end at the pelvis, more specifically at a bone called the sacrum. The sacrum is located below the coccyx, or tailbone. There is a little something between the vertebrae called joints. These joints are protected by intervertebral discs (IVDs), which act as fluid-filled "pillows". This structure does quite a lot, but most importantly it protects the spinal cord. Not only are there 24 vertebrae, but these bones have different names and functions depending on their shape and location along the spine.

Cervical Vertebrae
There are seven of these vertebrae and they are located at the top of your spine by your skull. Known as cervical vertebrae, these bones are what allow your neck to turn. Cervical vertebrae are very lightweight, lending flexibility and a great range of motion to our necks. These seven bones are labeled C1 through C7.

Thoracic Vertebrae
The next twelve bones in the line are the thoracic vertebrae. These are the main part of your spine and are located in your upper back. Each thoracic vertebrae is connected to a rib. Without these bones, we'd have a hard time containing important organs like the lungs and heart and keeping them safe from bumps and scrapes.

Lumbar, Sacrum, and Coccyx
The rest of your spine is made up of the lumbar vertebrae, the sacrum, and the coccyx. The lumbar vertebrae are in your lower back and are the sturdy base of your spine; they support the weight of your head and torso. The sacrum is surrounded by the pelvic bones, or illium, on either side. The sacrum consists of five bones that are fused together. The tailbone or coccyx has four fused vertebrae.

Shaping the Spine

All of these bones work together to create a spine that we use to walk, sit, and move. They don't do this in a straight line, however. These bones are meant to have curves. Sometimes these curves go the wrong way and are curved too far from side to side, as seen in scoliosis. But small curves from front to back are normal and very healthy. These curves have other benefits as well, including increased flexibilty, balance, and shock absorption. There are three curves the spine normally has: cervical lordosis, or the curve in the neck; thoracic kyphosis, or the curve in the upper back; and lumbar lordosis, or the curve in the low back.

Problems in the Spine

Vertebral Subluxations
Each vertebrae has a hole in it known as the vertebral foramen. This hole is what the spinal cord goes through. Any misalignment or restriction in the movement of the spine can affect the spinal cord. This is known as a subluxation and can be the cause of many problems like headaches or ear infections. There are a number of ways that a subluxation can occur, including trauma, sports activities, or office work. Repetitive motions are especially good at causing subluxations. Luckily, chiropractors can correct these subluxations by using safe and gentle actions called adjustments.

Chiropractors can identify subluxations a few different ways. One of the ways is using palpation, or using the sense of touch, to find subluxations. There are other indicators that a subluxation is present, such as restricted movements, postural problems, and muscle tension. Chiropractors can also use orthopedic and neurological tests to further identify problems.

Herniated Discs
Sometimes, the IVDs, or intervertebral discs, may begin to move and this creates a condition known as a herniated disc. The pain from this condition might be felt only in the area of the herniated disc but, unfortunately, it is all too common for the pain to radiate into the extremities, or even the head. Herniated discs are also known as slipped discs but this name does not accurately describe what occurs. The disc itself does not move but the jelly-like interior comes out of the disc. Many times, it seems that the only way to fix a disc herniation is through surgery. This is not the case for many patients, though, because chiropractic is often a safe, noninvasive alternative to surgery to fix a herniated disc. In fact, with chiropractic adjustments, disc herniation can be prevented by realigning the vertebrae before the disc can herniate.

How's Your Spine?
Your spine is a wonderful structure and should be maintained as such. Remember, even small misalignments can cause pain and discomfort. So, how's your spine doing today? Not sure? Well, the best way to check is to schedule an appointment at Spinal Health Professionals for an examination today.

Healthy Living the Natural Way

Dan Wood

Many people with neck pain, back pain, or headaches solve their problem with taking different types of painkillers. Little do they know, painkillers don't actually correct the root problem but just mask the underlying issue.

Taking painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin suppress inflammation and local immune responses, which are essential for wound healing.

When a person is experiencing pain, it is typically a last effort by the body to tell you there is something wrong. 

Studies show that test subjects who use painkillers experience pain or discomfort more often than subjects who receive chiropractic care. This is because most of the time dysfunction lies in the spine. (vertebral subluxation)

Vertebral subluxations are liked to many disorders, including back pain, headaches, carpel tunnel syndrome, infantile colic, and many others

These disorders cannot be fixed by taking painkillers! Spinal Health Professionals in Bemidji, MN is your one stop shop for pain relief center. Providing Chiropractic care, Massage therapy and Exercise rehab. 

Recent Auto Accident?

Dan Wood

Have you or someone you know been in a auto accident recently? If so, it is very important that you be examined by one of our doctors.

Auto accidents and whiplash come hand in hand. Our doctors at Spinal Health Professionals are trained in treating all injuries related with auto accidents including whiplash. 

Whiplash can cause a misalignment of our vertebrae (subluxation) and serious injury to our joints, muscles, discs, ligaments and nerves. Injuries in these areas can lead to headaches, neck pain and back pain. If not treated properly, you can experience pain or discomfort for a life time.

Spinal Health Professionals is open Monday- Friday 8am to 6pm at our Bemidji office. 

Getting Ready For Winter

Dan Wood

Are you sore from raking all those leaves this fall? Does your back hurt from just thinking about shoveling the snow that will be here soon? If so, Spinal Health Professionals of Bemidji can help! 

We are your one stop shop for all your musculoskeletal needs. Spinal Health Professionals offers chiropractic care, massage therapy and exercise rehab for all your slips, falls and accidents. 

Stop in today and find out how we can get you on track to living a healthier pain free life.

Also, don't forget preventative chiropractic care is the best way to stay out of pain this winter.

One Stop Shop For Your Spinal Health

Dan Wood

Are you sick of making multiple appointments for your chiropractor, physical therapist and massage therapist? If so, look no further! Spinal Health Professionals is the one stop shop in Bemidji for all your wellness needs!

The doctors of chiropractic at Spinal Health Professionals use a variety of methods specifically tailored to the patient's needs. Our physical therapy department provides a variety of advanced rehabilitation techniques and services that compliment each patients treatment plan. We also have one of the best massage therapists in all of Bemidji who is specially trained in working with injuries common to motor vehicle crashes. They apply the right pressure at the right time optimizing your rate of recovery.

Natural Cold Prevention

Dan Wood

Most people think that cold weather is the causes colds. This is actually a myth. Colds are caused by lowered immune response and because most viruses survive better in low humidity.

Our doctors at Spinal Health Professionals can help you boost your immune system and give you helpful hints to ward off these pesky colds.

Chiropractic care can help boost your body's immune system. Since the spinal cord contains many nerves that carry signals throughout the body, the slightest misalignment of your vertebrae (vertebral subluxation) can affect adjacent nerves slowing the immune system response. Thus, causing your body to be more prone to infections. Chiropractic adjustments move your spine back into alignment and allow your nerves to function properly.

Chiropractic care along with good sleep, eating well and the right amount of exercise will help fight off those annoying colds. For more information on how to stay health during this beautiful Bemidji fall, stop by Spinal Health Professionals today.

About Your Spine

Dan Wood

The spine is the center point of each individuals body. Our spinal column supports the body's trunk and head while protecting the body's spinal cord. The spine is a chain of 24 bones called vertebrae that are separated by joints cushioned by intervertebral discs. 

Our vertebrae fall into 5 different categories based on shape function and position. Types of vertebrae from top to bottom:

Cervical (C1-C7)- These are the first 7 vertebrae of your spine and allow for maximum flexibility and range of motion.

Thoracic (T1-T12)- The thoracic vertebrae are located in the upper back and correspond to each pair of ribs.

Lumbar (L1-L5)- Lumbar vertebrae are located in your lower back and take on most of the weight from your trunk and head.

Sacrum- The sacrum is five fused vertebrae below the lumbar region to form one bone.

Coccyx- Four coccygeal vertebrae are fused together to make the coccyx or tailbone.

How's your spinal health? Remember, Even the slightest misalignment in the spine can cause many chronic conditions. Make sure you stay on top of your spinal health by stopping by and visiting Spinal Health Professionals located in Bemidji. 

Boost Your Immune System

Dan Wood

Vertebral subluxations have been linked to weakening your immune system. Fall has arrived in Bemidji and you need to have your immune system ready to fend off all of those nasty viruses.

When your vertebrae become misaligned, they can put pressure on the nerves not allowing the nerve to control its functions. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system, its important that your vertebrae are in alignment and not pinching your nerves. After chiropractic adjustments, it has been found that white blood cells associated with fighting off viruses was significantly higher.

The doctors at Spinal Health Professionals are ready to help you stay healthy this winter and fall! Make an appointment today and keep those harmful viruses at bay. 

Boost Your Athletic Performance

Dan Wood

Now that the fall sports season has finally kicked off here in Bemidji, make sure your athlete is performing at his or her maximum level! Our chiropractors and the rest of the team at Spinal Health Professionals are some of the best in the Bemidji area at helping athletes boost their athletic performance. 

Chiropractic care has major benefits to helping athletes treat and prevent sports related injuries and improve their performance. The doctors at Spinal Health Professionals can identify areas of dysfunction, which prevent athletes from reaching peek performance. These impediments include weakened muscles, motor-control issues and subluxations.

Spinal Health Professionals can also educate Bemidji athletes the benefits of eating healthy and the importance of drinking water. 

With chiropractic care our doctors at Spinal Health Professionals help athletes cut their likelihood of injury while facilitating their nervous system to maximize athletic aptitude.

We can help the pain if you have been injured in an auto accident. Schedule an appointment with Spinal Health Professionals today! See how chiropractic care can help you.

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