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Chiropractic Care for Kids

There are many common disorders children will face that are linked to spinal dysfunction. Chiropractic care can help re-align children’s bodies and help them overcome these common ailments.

Spinal Dysfunction & Disorders

The link between common disorders and spinal dysfunction can be found in the ideal that powers chiropractic work. Chiropractic is based on the belief that, when the spine is out of alignment, nothing in the body can work at its highest efficiency. The spine, as the center support of the body, has to be in alignment or it will throw off all the other processes in the body.

Here are some of the common disorders children face that can be linked with spinal dysfunction:

  • Recurring ear infections
  • Colic/reflux
  • Persistent colds and soar throats
  • Asthma
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Growing pains
  • Bedwetting
  • Constipation
  • ADHD

There are a few symptoms that can be found in children that signify they may have spinal problems. Some of these symptoms include difficulties breastfeeding for very young children, holding one shoulder higher than the other, having restricted movement in their neck to one side, and/or disturbed sleeping patterns.

Safety: ICPA’s Findings

ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) recently found that the results from their study conducted in the United States, Canada, and Europe, which included more than 10,000 office visits in all, showed the chiropractic adjustments might be one of the safest healthcare methods available for children. Out of over 10,000 visits included in the study, only a few children experienced discomfort. The discomfort was described as minor and was sometimes accompanied by fuzziness for a short period following their adjustment.

Overall, ICPA found that chiropractic work has an excellent safety rating and they also claim that the risks of children suffering notable injury from having their spine adjusted are very minimal.

Why Choose Chiropractic?

One of the main reasons parents seek chiropractic care for kids is because they have suffered physical trauma from some type of incident (sports injury, etc.). However, children can also benefit from regular checkups and alignments before an injury occurs. Regular checkups can help identity potential issues before they get to serious, and they can also help parents overcome the common disorders listed above that very few people realize can be linked with spinal dysfunction.

In the ICPA’s study, in addition to relieving some common disorders children were facing, they also noted these unexpected improvements in many children. First, parents reported that their children were sleeping better and more soundly through the night. It was less difficult for them to get their children into bed and they woke up fewer times than normal. Second, parents also reported that their children has improved behaviors and attitudes overall. They found that children were more corporative and eager to listen, and that they acted out less than normal. Third, the children experience improved immune system function overall, experience fewer cold symptoms and generally appearing and feeling healthier overall.

When Is It Ideal For Children To Visit A Chiropractor?

One of the most common questions parents ask is when they should take their child to a chiropractor. Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic sees patients of all ages, from birth to the elderly! There is no minimum age to visit Healing Hands Chiropractic, and, in fact, it is recommended that you start as soon as possible. The thought behind this is that your child’s growing body is going to face many stressors as it tries to grow how it should.

Babies will often experience such stress while still in the womb if they are forced out of standard alignment. Therefore, pregnant women often begin visiting a chiropractor before their baby is even born. If that’s the case, the Webster Technique will be applied, which helps bring the mother into alignment. This technique will focus on aligning the pelvis, which can potentially improve birth outcome. The first woman who had the Webster Technique applied to her back when it was founded by Dr. Larry Webster in the late seventies first came to her chiropractor with a breeched baby. Shortly after visiting her chiropractor regularly, the baby moved into a head-down position.

After birth, as the child begins growing, sleeping positions and many other factors will be putting stress on their brittle bones to continue growing against the stress into the right position.

For babies, ideal times to have them checked by a chiropractor include when they begin holding their head up, sitting up on their own, crawling, and walking on their own. As your baby grows into a small child, additional stressors will be added from running, playing, and carrying around their school supplies. Sitting all day in the classroom can also put undue stress on their back, especially if they are not sitting with proper posture. Slouching, leaning over their desk, or leaning to one side when sitting can all put additional stress on their growing spine and increase the chances of spinal misalignment.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

Dr. Dee and her excellent staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic treat patients of all ages. We firmly believe that chiropractic benefits every age group. Contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today to get your family started with excellent chiropractic care!

The Best Restaurants in Middle Tennessee Right Now 

Whet your palate, and sample Nashville’s delicious, southern cuisine, with a little assistance from Great American Country (GAC). Check out these trending restaurants in Middle Tennessee right now!

The Best Restaurants in Middle Tennessee Right Now 

Mitchell Deli: Pound-for-pound, Mitchell Deli serves the best sandwiches in town. Founded in East Nashville in 2008, the deli moved to bigger digs just down the road from its original place, but seats may still be challenging to come by. With the growth came high-gravity brews and Sprecher on tap, in addition to a bigger front patio. No longer merely a Monday special.

Butcher and Bee: A transplant in name only, this Charleston-born restaurant famous for its powerful sandwich match came to Nashville with another strategy: in a distinctive, bi-level dining room in East Nashville, the Butcher & Bee team concentrates on vegetable-focused modest plates (with some killer sandwiches in tow). Go-to order: all of the mezze.

Rolf and Daughters: Situated in the prior boiling house in the Werthan Factory, this perennial Germantown favored from multiple Beard Award nominee Philip Krajeck provides up Mediterranean-influenced, self-described and contemporary peasant food into a packed house night after night.

Nissan Stadium: There is not a bad seat in the house at Nissan Stadium—blessed for Tennessee Titans and Tennessee State Tigers fans, as well as U.S. soccer fans. Even luckier, the dining choices close to the scene are endless. To get a step up from your typical tailgate food, visit Acme Feed & Seed or Etch Restaurant; for something a bit more country-dive, you will want to create time for Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar across the river.

Henrietta Red: Among the greatest restaurant openings of this year, this Germantown pub and restaurant, which clubs executive chef Julia Sullivan and GM/sommelier Allie Poindexter with Strategic Hospitality, puts the emphasis on seafood and seasonal vegetables, together with a raw bar program which has quickly become the very best in town. Couple that with an approachable wine list, strong cocktail program and a terrific space, and it is a certified hit.

Husk: This outpost of the Charleston first continues to glow, showcasing James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock’s inventive take on Southern cuisine. Named among Eater’s 38 essential restaurants in the South, critic Bill Addison also announced it superior to the Charleston original. Can’t overlook menu items would be the now iconic cheeseburger, together with his take on fried chicken.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack: Among the few things Nashvillians take as seriously as country music is their hot chicken. From the minute you walk into this hole-in-the-wall joint, you know Prince’s means business. Not to be confused with Buffalo wings, the signature dish is typically a slice of chicken marinated in buttermilk, breaded and then sauced with a super-secret paste spiced with cayenne peppers to bring the warmth. After being pan-fried in a cast iron skillet, it is served up with a few pieces of white bread. Temperatures range from mild, moderate, hot to extra hot. And for first timers, do not even try ordering the sexy.

City House: That is the motto for this restaurant, which has found a home in historic Germantown, an 18-block neighborhood located just north of Nashville’s downtown capitol building. The menu is kept lean and mean with exceptional dishes prepared using local produce, fresh pastas and delicious house-cured meats. The Food Network Magazine picked the signature Belly Ham Pizza as shirts in Tennessee because of its “50 States, 50 Pizzas” feature. Saddle up to the bar and order old-school cocktails (such as the Sazerac), which are ready with an astonishing quantity of tender loving care.

Merchant’s Restaurant: Located downtown at a beautifully-restored resort where Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn once stayed, Merchant’s provides two unique dining choices. The first floor, with superbly preserved original marble counters and tile, is a casual bistro that keeps dishes under $20 for lunch and dinner. The wood-paneled second floor provides a more distinguished (and pricier) dining experience. A normal lunch will see a wonderful mix of tourists and the business audience. Co-owner Benjamin Goldberg describes Merchant’s menu as “modern American food with a Southern Soul” with a modern take on comfort food.

Loveless Café and Motel: If you are staying in downtown Nashville, it is a small drive to get out to the Loveless Café. But once you bite into that first biscuit, you will quickly understand that for your next trip to Nashville, you would be inclined to walk barefoot on broken glass to get back. Featured in too many books to even attempt to mention, the Loveless Café is the quintessential southern dining experience. Reservations are only for parties of 12 or more, so to prevent a lengthy wait attempt to plan your trip at an off-peak time, like a weekday.

MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Pub: If you find yourself searching for a pizza while honky tonkin’ in Nashville, try this pizza palace in the town’s popular 12 South neighborhood. Obtaining a 1920s New York vibe to Nashville, MAFIAoZA’s specialization is thin-crust pizza sold by the slice or the entire pie. The air is very family friendly and on a wonderful day the terrace is a excellent spot to enjoy a glass of vino from their extensive wine list. You may even work off the meal with a post-pizza walk into the many unique shops in the region.

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Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Visiting a chiropractor while pregnant is considered extremely safe and beneficial to the mother and baby. Chiropractors are trained in working with pregnant women and children of all ages, so visiting a chiropractor while their baby is still in the womb will set them up for the healthiest birth outcome possible.

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic involves more than just making spinal adjustments. Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic does checkups to look at a person’s body and determine the best nutritional and activity programs they should be taking part in. She also looks at their body to fix physical misalignments of the spine, and they work to maintain the spinal column, discs, nerves, and bone geometry as a whole. Chiropractors are considered a safe, drug-free solution to main common ailments, and regularly visiting a chiropractor can help a person experience and sustain overall wellness.

What Are The Risks?

There are no known risks to receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy, and many women report outstanding results. This is especially true in cases where their baby was previously breeched position. In fact, the first women to receive the Webster Technique from Dr. Larry Webster in the late 70s originally came to his office with a breeched baby. After starting chiropractic care, her baby returned to the head-down position and she birthed them safely.

The Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is a chiropractic approach taken for pregnant women. It was discovered in the late 1970s by Dr. Larry Webster and has since been taught around the world. The Webster Technique focuses on aligning the pelvis, helping to relieve tension and open up the pelvic muscles to make the baby’s birth as easy as possible for the mother.

It is known that when babies become breeched or otherwise misaligned in the womb, it puts undue stress on their spine. Once birthed, many other daily stressors add to that stress, and can lead to spinal dysfunction. Once the baby is born, mothers are encouraged to continue visiting the chiropractic, both to help in their after-birth recovery and to aid their babies in their vital developmental stages. When babies begin to hold up their own head, sit up on their own, crawl, and walk on their own, all of those things are developmental milestones and will go much smoother if accompanied by regular chiropractic check-ups.

What Is A Chiropractic Check-Up?

While many have the misconception that having a chiropractic check-up always means getting a neck or spine “crack,” in reality, Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic does so much more than that. When visiting a Dr. Dee, a client can expect a full review of their medical history and current health status. They will be asked about any medications their currently taking and why, along with medications they’ve taken in the past. She will also review things the client has tried in the past to remedy any ailments their facing, whether that’s physical pain or a multitude of other issues. Dr. Dee will use this information to help customize a treatment plan for the patient.

The treatment plan will include more than just spinal adjustments. In fact, on occasion, spinal adjustments won’t be included at all. Instead, the chiropractor will focus on the body’s whole health to determine what the patient needs. In most cases, they will prescribe a nutrition and activity plan to help them improve their health. As needed, they will make spinal adjustments and often offer heat therapy and other solutions to help relieve tensions in the body.

The Benefits

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can benefit the woman by not only helping open up her pelvis area, but also by encouraging her to look at her current nutritional standards and begin feeding her and her baby better. Nutrition during pregnancy is obviously very important for the mom to remain healthy, but it’s also vital to the baby developing in the womb. Without adequate nutrition, babies are more likely to be born malnourished, premature, or with birth defects. However, if the mom follows the chiropractor’s advice and takes on a recommended nutritional program, the baby will be that much healthier and the mom will recover much sooner after giving birth.

Getting the right nutrition can also help mothers avoid morning sickness and other symptoms that often accompany pregnancy.

In addition to these things, Dr. Dee will also look at the mother’s current exercise and activity. If she is sedentary, the chiropractor will most likely recommend a mild activity plan to get her moving. This is because moving increases blood flow, which is essential during pregnancy. Exercise is also proven to release endorphins in the brain, or the “feel good” hormone, helping expectant mothers overcome mood swings and depression that sometimes accompany pregnancy.

After Birth Care

Once the mother successfully gives birth to her baby, Dr. Dee will likely recommend for her to continue coming in for both her and her newborn child. Chiropractic care that begins at (or before) birth and continues through the child’s developing years will help them grow into healthy young adults. The first few years are vital to a child’s development and overall health, and regular checkups will help keep them healthy and in-alignment.

Healing Hands Chiropractic will offer advice for mothers to aid in the nutrition and activity of their growing baby, and they will also help keep the mom on track with the right nutrition plan to aid in breastfeeding. As the child continues growing, chiropractic care will still be encouraged as the spine can easily become misaligned through the stressors a child will experience as they grow older.

Continued chiropractic care for both the mother and her baby will lead to a healthier child and a healthier relationship between the two. The on-going nutritional and activity advice the chiropractor gives can be vital in ensuring the child grows into a healthy young adult.

Ready to start your chiropractic care? Contact us today!

Middle Tennessee Bucket List

The secret is out. Nashville and middle Tennessee is the place to be. Hundreds of people are moving to Nashville and its surrounding areas each day. What is bringing them here? Economic opportunities, friendly people, an incredible music scene, championship level sports teams, and so much more. As the city continues to explode with growth, Healing Hands Chiropractic wanted to offer its readers a list of items that are “must-dos” in Middle Tennessee. Read on for our version of a middle Tennessee bucket list!

Must-Dos in Middle Tennessee

Soak up the skyline from E.S. Rose Park. While the infamous Love Circle also offers a great view of the Nashville Skyline, E.S. Rose park, near 12th South, offers a beautiful view and places you close to some amazing restaurants!

See a movie at Elmington Park. What screams summertime more than a movie in the park? Head on over to Elmington Park to feast on amazing food trucks and catch a great film.

Go to a Nashville Rollergirls game. Rollergirls are hardcore. Head on over to the fairgrounds to cheer on the Nashville Rollergirls. Feel free to take them a Healing Hands business card… they could probably use an adjustment.

Go to Smashville. There is no better sports environment in Nashville than a Predators game. Go down to Bridgestone Arena to cheer on the Nashville Predators hockey team. The fans, the team, and the atmosphere are indescribably amazing.

See a show at the Mother Church. There is no better concert venue in the world than the Ryman Auditorium. The end.

Eat at Loveless Cafe. The biscuits and preserves are world famous. Every single bite of food is worth the wait. Don’t miss it.

Go to CMA Festival. Whether you are a country music fan or not, CMA Festival has something for everyone. This week boasts incredible concerts from the best names in country music, surprise guests for fans, and so much more!

Visit the Nashville Zoo. The zoo has recently undergone extensive renovations, making it more amazing than ever. Head on down to see animals ranging from monkeys and macaws, to rhinos and giraffes!

Cheer on the Sounds. The Nashville Sounds are the city’s minor league baseball team. Their new(ish) ballpark is absolutely incredible. Visit First Tennessee Park to cheer on the Sounds, eat some Cracker Jacks, and enjoy America’s game.

Go to a full moon pickin’ party. Edwin Warner Park hosts full moon pickin’ parties full of picnics and musicians and fun for the whole family! Don’t miss it.

Visit the Parthenon. Did you know that Nashville has a little bit of ancient Greece in its city limits? Head down to Centennial Park to visit Nashville’s replica of the Parthenon, including a full size statue of Athena!

Visit the state capitol. The Tennessee State capitol is the only one in the country where a former U.S. President is buried on the grounds. Who is it? James K. Polk. The capitol also has rotating exhibits at its museum.

Tackle Lower Broad. Broadway is a famous tourist (and local) destination for weekend plans. Check out the city’s infamous honkey tonks, latest restaurants, and more.

Visit the Frist. The Frist is Nashville’s incredible art museum located downtown. With incredible exhibits that rotate throughout the year, it is a must see for art lovers. The museum also has an entire floor dedicated to children! Kids can come and create their own movies, paint, make bookmarks, and participate in many other incredible art projects on their own special floor.

Become a festival go-er. Nashville has plenty of amazing festivals that are not to be missed. The Tomato Arts Festival, the Hot Chicken Festival, the Renaissance Festival, and more!

Visit Olive and Sinclair. Do you love chocolate? Just $5 gets you a tour of the chocolate factory, including more free samples than you can handle.

Visit Cheekwood. Cheekwood has beautiful botanical gardens and larger than life exhibits that everyone will enjoy. Head down on a beautiful day to let the kids run around while soaking up the beauty this place has to offer.

Healing Hands Chiropractic

Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, is proud to be in the middle Tennessee area! As the area continues to boom and expand, Dr. Dee and her staff are excited to educate and help more people with chiropractic care.

Contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today to get started with your chiropractic journey. The benefits of chiropractic are endless! Contact us today for more information.615.203.3505

Top Benefits of Gelatin

Many people may be surprised to hear that Gelatin is one of the healthiest things one can consume. It has multiple health benefits and should certainly be a part of everyone’s diet plan. Read on for some of the reasons why gelatin is so essential to overall health and well-being, along with some ways it can be incorporated into anyone’s diet.

Quality Counts

Quality is hugely important when choosing a gelatin product to incorporate into a person’s diet. Jell-o may be a sweet treat, but it will not provide any of the following benefits. The gelatin product may come flavored, but this kind will be purchased in the health food section.

Store-bought broths have very little gelatin and usually have a bunch of other ingredients that take away from the gelatin’s benefits. The best way to consume gelatin is for a person to make their own bone broth, then they can either drink the homemade broth by itself or use it in making a great vegetable soup.

The gelatin bought at supermarkets has no health benefits. Gelatin intended for consumption in an attempt to reap the things listed above needs to be from 100% grass-fed animals. There are a few different brands that offer gelatin like this that will be suitable for consumption for health purposes. Perfect Supplements is one such brand, but there are others available.

  1. Gelatin supports healthy skin and promotes the growth of hair and nails! Anyone suffering from minor skin issues (dryness, redness, itchiness), brittle hair, brittle nails, dehydrated nails, etc. should also consider taking a healthy dose of gelatin on a regular basis.
  2. Gelatin provides an easily assimiliable source of collagen to support the elasticity of skin. This makes and keeps skin feeling and looking younger, softer, and healthier.
  3. Gelatin also supports the mobility of bones and joints, and can help people recover faster from joint injuries. Many athletes rely on regular doses of gelatin to stay active and get back to being active after minor injuries.
  4. Gelatin can actually help aid in digestion! People who suffer from occasional, minor digestive issues like gas, bloating, or heartburn should consider adding gelatin into their diet. It can help improve and maintain overall digestive health and keep everything working smoothly.
  5. Gelatin also helps heal the gut, making it essential for anyone who suffers from leaky gut. Gelatin will help repair the lining in a person’s gut to restore their overall health.
  6. Gelatin provides 18 total amino acids, making it a great source! It’s an ideal way to take in a wide range of amino acids since it’s easy to consume and offers such a variety. The amino acid glycine contained in gelatin also helps fight inflammation. The amino acid glycine not only fights inflammation, it also helps promote better sleep habits. So, regularly restless sleepers should certainly consider incorporating a healthy dose of gelatin into their regular meal plan.
  7. Gelatin is also widely used by athletes and gym-goers alike because it helps people recover from exercise faster. As an easily digested protein, it gets needed nutrients to the muscles in no time.
  8. Gelatin also helps calms and soothes nerves and anxiety, which makes it a must-try for anyone who is suffering from butterflies in their stomach or even slightly more serious cases of anxiousness. This also due to the essential amino acid glycine.
  9. Gelatin can help stop bleeding from both internal and external wounds.

These reasons are all perfect motivators for incorporating more gelatin into a person’s diet, but one of the primary reason so many women consume gelatin is that it offers amazing benefits for the skin in addition to everything else. Countless women have ditched their collagen supplements in exchange for a healthy dose of gelatin each day because, in addition to gelatin being a good source of collagen, it also offers a multitude of other pros—and it can be eaten in the form of delicious soup.

Eating More Gelatin

Consuming more gelatin on a regular basis will get old quick if the only way to take it in is through soup and straight bone broth. Luckily there are some other ways a person can add it to their diet. Gelatin power (of high quality) can be purchased and added to a variety of different foods. Here are some ideas of how to do just that:

  • Add gelatin to smoothies and shakes
  • Add gelatin to tea of coffee
  • Sprinkle some into soups and stews
  • Add some to sauces and gravy

Gelatin can be made essential to any person’s health, no matter their age. For families looking to add gelatin into more meals that the kids will enjoy, top-shelf gelatin can be used to make all their favorite sweet treats and desserts. Kids will also benefit from better sleep and improved overall health just like adults, and they won’t even know they’re doing something good for their health when their sitting down to a delicious treat at the end of the day.

Best of all, there are no known ill effects from mixing gelatin into foods compared to drinking gelatin rich bone broth directly. While certain cooking processes could effect the amount of gelatin in the final product, consuming any amount of high-quality gelatin will give some benefits to the taker, and when sustained overtime, they will surely notice a difference in the overall health of their hair, nails, and skin.

Healing Hands Chiropractic and Health

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, whole body health is our focus. Dr. Dee and her incredible staff want patients to live their best life possible. This is why nutrition and chiropractic go hand in hand. To start your wellness journey with Healing Hands Chiropractic, contact us today!

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Chiropractic for Neck Pain Relief

There are multiple types of neck pain, and chiropractic care is a common solution for many patients. At Healing Hands Chiropractic, treatment plans are customized for each patient, but focus on re-aligning the spine and helping improve the patient’s overall wellness. Here are some of the aspects that go into treating neck pain through chiropractic care from Healing Hands Chiropractic.

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Types of Neck Pain

Here are some of the types of neck pain that chiropractic care can help to relieve:

  • Cervical spinal injuries
  • Cervical intervertebral disc injuries that do not require surgery
  • Facet join sprain
  • Degenerative join syndrome of the neck
  • Whiplash

These types of neck pain can all be treated through chiropractic care, without surgery or medications. These two aspects are what make chiropractic care one of the most popular options when patients suffer any type of pain. It’s a drug-free, hands-on approach that often leads to timely results and lasting relief—if the patient follows the treatment plan.

The Treatment Plan & Patient-Driven Care

Part of most every treatment plan is patient-driven care, which includes nutritional and dietary recommendations by Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic, along with lifestyle counseling. While manipulation will be a part of the treatment plan to help physically re-align the patient’s body, the patient-driven portion significantly contributes to the patient’s quick and lasting recovery and pain relief.

The treatment plan will be customized to each patient, depending on their type of neck pain and medical history. Before the treatment plan is created, the chiropractor will examine the patient and diagnose them. When a patient goes to a chiropractor with neck pain, other regions will be examined as well, such as the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar (parts of the spine) because they may also be affected if the patient is suffering pain in their neck area.

Dr. Dee will examine range of motion and the primary areas of pain to help facilitate treatment. Once she has determined the causes and sources of the pain, she will draw up the treatment plan and discuss with the patient about what needs to be done on their end.

Most importantly, before Dr. Dee makes a treatment plan or does any manipulation, she will use the patient’s medical history and their examination to rule out any possible neck injuries that would require surgery to remedy.

Types of Manipulation

Healing Hands Chiropractic uses multiple hands-on techniques to relieve patients of pain.

Manual manipulation involves high-velocity movements that help re-align joints and increase range of motion while lowering nerve irritability. On the other hand, mobilization is a low-velocity movement that works to stretch out muscles and joints to increase range of motion and movement.

Dr. Dee will likely use a combination of methods to treat neck pain, such as spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and nutritional counseling. Here are some examples of manipulations that might be used in the treatment of a patient’s neck pain:

  • Instrument-assisted manipulation: Using a hand-held instrument, the chiropractor will apply force without thrusting into the spine.
  • Flexion-distraction technique: This is a gentle spinal manipulation using the chiropractor’s hands in a pumping motion focused on the intervertebral disc.
  • Specific spinal manipulation: This method helps restore the movement of joints using gentle thrusts to the region.

Manual therapies may also be used to help relieve neck pain, such as therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, manual joint stretching, resistance techniques, and instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy. Ultrasound and inferential electrical stimulation may also be used to help assist in reliving neck pain.

Treatment Expectation

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, Dr. Dee will draw up a custom treatment plan for each patient, which likely involves a combination of manipulation techniques, lifestyle counseling, and nutritional recommendations. The treatment plan will also take into account the patient’s current health status, previous medical history, and mobility goals. This information will be used to set goals for the treatment plan, giving both the patient and chiropractor end goals and milestones to focus on and work towards during treatment.

Depending on the type and severity of neck pain, it can take anywhere from one or two manipulations to on-going care for a patient to receive relief. However, even if one or two manipulations give the patient relief, it may not be lasting if the underlying cause remains. That is why Dr. Dee offers counseling in other aspects which, if followed by the patient, will lead to overall wellness and lasting health.

If a patient leaves out the patient-driven portion of their treatment plan—such as exercise, improving nutrition, etc.—treatment will take significantly longer and will likely not give complete relief. Since chiropractic care focuses on helping the patient’s whole body health and not just relieving one particular ailment, the treatment plan will involve various aspects of the patient’s life, from their daily activities to on-going nutrition and exercise goals. Following this advice, and all other advice given by the chiropractor, is the only way a patient can expect to achieve on-going relief and other benefits.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

If you are experiencing neck pain, contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today! There is no need to live with your pain any longer. Trust Dr. Dee and contact her today at 615.203.3505!

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An Introduction to Chiropractic

Are you curious about chiropractic care? Not sure exactly what a chiropractor does? Want more information on how chiropractic can enhance your life? You’ve come to the right places! Read on for more information from Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on a basic introduction to chiropractic care!

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What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a trained doctor who specializes in correcting spinal misalignments known as vertebral subluxations. Dr. Dee, at Healing Hands Chiropractic, is an expert in the chiropractic field! She specializes in correcting these subluxations that prevent the nervous system from functioning as it should. These subluxations can also cause inflammation throughout the body, as well as a slew of other issues ranging from headaches to asthma, back pain to neck pain, and everything in between!

Chiropractors specialize in safe, natural, and effective treatment options for their patients. Through chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Dee corrects these subluxations in her patients’ bodies. Correcting these subluxations helps the body harness its innate ability to heal itself.

Chiropractic adjustments also help reduce inflammation and restore movement and function throughout the body. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “the benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, since our body structure affects our overall function.”

What education is required for a chiropractor?

A chiropractor’s formal education focuses on teaching practitioners how to find and identify and correct a patient’s spinal misalignments. Chiropractors are taught specific adjustment techniques. There is also a heavy emphasis in teaching chiropractors more about the body and its innate ability to heal itself.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any health care professions.”

Doctors of chiropractic, like Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, TN, must complete four years of doctoral graduate school in order to qualify for exams that they must then pass before becoming a licensed doctor of chiropractic. A four year degree with a medical emphasis must be complete before enrolling in the doctoral graduate school.

Doctors of chiropractic complete approximately 4,620 hours of graduate class course time, lab work, and clinical hours. Doctors of chiropractic also must successfully complete a minimum of a one-year clinical based program that allows them to work with patients in a treatment setting. After all of this education, training, and hard work, DCs then must pass exams to obtain their license. Doctors or chiropractic also must complete ongoing educational training each year in order to keep their license current!

What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care has incredible benefits for the body and mind! Why? Because the central nervous system, located in the spine, controls every single cell in the human body. When a spine is free of subluxations and interference, the CNS is free to function at its best. This means the entire body can function at its best!

Patients come in to Healing Hands Chiropractic for a variety of reasons. Chiropractic care has been proven to treat an incredible number of symptoms and diseases, and the list continues to grow each day. Some issues that bring patients into Healing Hands Chiropractic include, but are not limited to:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • joint pain
  • migraines
  • headaches
  • asthma
  • seasonal allergies
  • colic
  • breastfeeding struggles
  • sciatica
  • pregnancy
  • athletic injuries
  • joint pain
  • high blood pressure
  • difficulty sleeping
  • whiplash
  • TMJ/TMJD
  • digestive issues
  • arthritis
  • and so much more

Chiropractic has been linked to helping all of these ailments because of its incredible ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation has been proven to be a root cause of many debilitating diseases! Let chiropractic care help you naturally treat your symptoms at their source.

Many patients enter our clinic to see Dr. Dee feeling hopeless and at the end of their rope. They struggle with symptoms of headaches, back pain, and so much more. Many have tried over the counter and prescription medications to treat their ailments, but the symptoms continue to return. This is because over the counter and prescription medications do not treat ailments at their source. They treat the symptoms! Chiropractic care finds the root cause of the symptoms and addresses and corrects it.

You can trust Dr. Dee and Healing Hands Chiropractic to identify the source of your pain and ailments. She will then help develop a treatment plan in order to help you get back to feeling your best!

Healing Hands Chiropractic 

Dr. Dee and her amazing staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic are Murfreesboro, TN’s premier chiropractic team. Located at 151 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 401, Dr. Dee and her staff are in a great location for all residents of Murfreesboro and surrounding Middle Tennessee areas.

The staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic is highly qualified in treating patients and providing them with the best chiropractic care around. You can trust Dr. Dee with all of your chiropractic needs!

As a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Dee received an incredible chiropractic education. Her love of chiropractic began at a young age and continued throughout her collegiate career as a spring board diver at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Dee incorporates her love of life into every aspect of her practice.

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, our goal is to help patients live their best life possible. We firmly believe chiropractic is a key part of this! Chiropractic helps patients and their body’s function at their best. If you have questions about chiropractic care and how it can benefit your life, or if you are ready to schedule your appointment with Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic, contact us today! We look forward to walking with you on your journey for wellness! 615-203-3505

 

10 Stretches for Lower Back Pain Relief

We have been surrounded by many factors that cause tension and pain to our lower back. These factors, like prolonged sitting in the office, long period of sitting in front of the computer, and lack of proper exercise result to lower back pain, poor posture, and reduced strength of our body. As a result, these can sometimes hinder you to do the activities you wish to do.

With chiropractic, relieving the acute or chronic pain of your lower back becomes easier and manageable. With proper discipline and willingness, you can spend an hour a day to perform these exercises designed to reduce the lower back pain and give you comfort.

Chiropractic treatment is also accompanied by these exercises. You can also seek for a doctor’s consultation to ensure these steps are safe for you to do. Contact Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic today for your consultation and appointment!

Before doing the following recommended exercises, make sure you wear comfortable clothes. You have the option to choose an exercise that will not bring your body into discomfort feeling. It is also recommended to hold the stretching position for about 20 to 30 seconds so your muscles and joints become loose.

10 Stretches for Lower Back Pain Relief

  1. Pelvic Lift

Lay flat on your back while bending your knees with your feet flat on the floor. Move your feet closer to your buttocks while you keep both of your knees together. Tighten your muscles on the lower abdomen to ensure your lower back flattens against the floor. Raise your hips slowly off the floor and stay in the same position for about 20 seconds. Repeat the same steps 4 to 6 times.

  1. Posterior Pelvic Tilt

Bend your knees while lying on your back on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles to flatten your back and slightly bend your pelvis up. Stay in this position for up to 20 seconds and repeat the same steps.

  1. Knee to Chest

Bend your knees while lying on your back on the floor. Flatten your feet on the floor. As you bring one of your knees to your chest, make sure to keep your other foot flat on the floor. You can also try to straighten your other leg if you feel more comfortable on your lower back.

Keep the lower back on the floor while holding for 25 to 30 seconds. Repeat the same steps with the other leg. Do the same steps alternately for about 2 to 4 times.

  1. Piriformis Strech/Glute

Lay on your back on the floor. Cross your right ankle over your left knee. As you pull your knee towards you, grip the thigh of the left leg while lifting your foot. Pull your knee towards you to stretch your lower back even more.

Stay in this position for about 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat the same steps on the other leg.

  1. Supine Hip Flexor

Lay on your back on your bed. Bend your right knee while hanging your left leg. Stay in this position about 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat the steps with your opposite leg.

  1. Hamstring Floor Stretch

Lay on your back on the floor. Interlock the fingers of both of your hands under the hamstring of your right leg. Ensure to keep your leg straight while slowly lifting it up until you feel the tension. Hold on the same position for about 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat the steps with your left leg.

A hamstring floor stretch exercise is commonly done to tighten the hamstrings to limit the flexion of the pelvis located in the hip joints. This allows you to move your back greater than necessary to increase the stretch.

  1. Modified Cobra

Lie your body with your face down. Bend your elbows while putting your hands flat on the floor. Slowly press your hands down on the floor to raise your upper body and your head. Keep your pelvis flat while you extend your arms. Stay in this position for about 20 seconds. Repeat the same steps for about 4 to 5 times.

  1. Full Back Stretch

Take hold of a desk in front of you. Bend your right knee forward facing the desk. Your upper body should achieve the 90 degrees angle to your bended knees. Your left leg should be slightly bent at your knees.

Grip the desk and use both your legs to pull yourself back slightly until you feel the muscles in your entire back stretching wide and flat. Hold this position for about 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat the steps for about 2 to 4 times.

  1. Lumbar Rotation with Flexed Knees

Lay flat on your back while closing both of your knees together. Bend your legs at an angle of 90 degrees. Keep your feet flat on the floor. Slowly perform a rotation using both of your knees going in the same direction towards the floor. While performing this, ensure to keep your back and feet flat on the floor.

Do this step until you feel the tension and hold to this position for about 20 to 30 seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat the step on the opposite side.

  1. Abdominal Strengthening Exercise

Lay flat on your back on the floor. Bend both of your knees together while keeping your feet flat on the floor. You can cross both of your arms over the chest or you can also place your hands behind your head to support both your neck and head. Keep your spine flat on the floor. Raise your shoulders off the floor by tightening your abdominal muscles.

Slowly raise your shoulders up until you feel the tightening of your abdominal muscles. Relax your abdominal muscles while returning your shoulders to the floor. Repeat the same steps 30 to 50 times.

These exercises primarily promote stretching exercises designed for the lower back. It is essential to follow the recommended period of doing the exercise and the times you need to repeat them. Making these simple activities as part of your routine will keep you away from the discomfort brought by lower back pain.

Ways to Stay Cool and Prevent Heat Stroke

The heat in Tennessee is hot enough during the summer months to cause serious health problems such as heat stroke. Knowing this, it’s very important to make sure you take precautions to avoid getting too hot and suffering from heat stroke. Having this problem with heat stroke is something that many people experience too regularly. Exposing yourself to it too often can give you serious problems. Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN wants to make sure that our patients are taking care of themselves in all aspects of life. Read on for our tips on how to stay cool and beat the heat these last few weeks of summer!

Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke

Stay hydrated

This seems like of the most obvious methods to stay cool and help stop heat stroke. Unfortunately, it’s very surprising how easy it is for people to forget to drink enough water when out in the heat. Normally people are out because they’re doing something and they often don’t think about how much water they’ve had in that day. Drinking a normal amount of water won’t do a good enough job of preventing heat stroke.If you’re exposed to a great deal of heat then you need to drink a great deal of water to deal with this.

Get to shade or an air conditioned space

Another very simple tip that people often don’t consider is limiting your sun exposure. Many people don’t realize how close they are to getting heat stroke and feeling the effects of the sun. Taking a break from the direct sunlight periodically is the best way to let your body adjust back to normal and cool off. Don’t spend more than an hour in direct sunlight in overly hot places without then spending 5 or 10 minutes in the shade cooling off. If you don’t do this then your body will almost certainly overheat.

Damp sheets or a cloth

Cooling your inside will take care of itself but it has to be complemented by attempting to cool of the surface of your skin. Using a damp cloth or sheets that have been soaked in cold water is an effective way to keep the heat of your skin down. It also helps keep you feeling cool and comfortable. Combine this with being close to a fan and get the air circulating around you. This is a great way to really leave you feeling far cooler and more relaxed, despite having spent a lot of time out there in the heat.

Cold showers or baths

If you have been out in the sun for a while and need to cool down completely, taking a cold shower is a great way to do so! You’ll feel refreshed and completely reset your temperature. This will clean the sweat off your skin and help it open up, allowing you to cool down naturally. It will also get you into the cool, compared to the heat of being outside. Using water helps accelerate the process of cooling off. This is a great way to keep your temperature down and prevent heat stroke.

Try to avoid alcohol

Drinking alcohol in the searing sun may be very tempting and refreshing, but it can cause serious problems within your body. This may leave you vulnerable to heat stroke or other feelings of extreme heat and exhaustion. Drinking alcohol interferes with your body’s ability to control its internal temperature. If you are spending a lot of time in the sun then this can cause you a huge problem. Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and combining it with a lot of water is the best way to stay refreshed. It also helps eliminate some of the risk of overheating.

Dress relaxed

Some ways to stay cool involve external factors that you are completely in control of. One of the simplest is to simply dress in the most relaxed manner possible, preferably using loose fitting clothes made of very light materials. This will vastly help your body to stay cool in the high pressure climate and allow it to use its natural remedies for being too hot. Wearing clothes which restrict the body physically often restrict its ability to naturally cool itself off and you are therefore far more likely to overheat and end up with heat stroke.

Sunscreen

Having burns on your skin means that your body won’t be able to cool itself as efficiently and you are therefore far more likely to be uncomfortable in the heat. Using hats and sunglasses to protect against burn is also a great addition. This will help protect some of the most vulnerable areas from burning quickly. However using a strong sunscreen is the most efficient way of working on protecting the skin from damage. Reapply sunscreen every hour or two in order to keep it constantly protecting the skin, even more often if you go swimming or your skin gets wet in any other way.

 

 

Healing Hands Chiropractic Cares About Your Health

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Dee and her staff care deeply about their patients. We believe that chiropractic care is about far more than just treating the spine. It is encouraging patients to live a healthy lifestyle both inside our walls and beyond.

We want our patients to be out and active in the community, enjoying the last few weeks of summer days. We also want to make sure our patients take care of themselves and do everything possible to stay healthy! Use the above tips to help keep you and yours safe from heat stroke in the season of fall soccer, fall ball, and more.

We look forward to seeing you and yours at Healing Hands Chiropractic soon!

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35 Things to Do This Summer in Middle TN

Most of middle Tennessee school’s find themselves dismissing students for the summer this upcoming week! What does that mean? It’s time for some summer fun! Here’s our ultimate list of summer fun ideas for you and yours this summer vacation. Keep this post handy for anytime someone dares to utter the words, “I’m bored!”

The Ultimate List of Summer Fun for Middle Tennessee

1. Float around in the water and cool off at Wave Country (Nashville)

2. Head on over to Jellystone Park (Nashville)

3. Splash in the fountains at Bicentennial Mall (Nashville)

4. Splash and swim in the lake at Laguardo Recreation Area (Gallatin)

5. Ride the slides and make memories at Nashville Shores (Hermitage)

6. Splash away at Ava’s Splash Pad in Charlie Daniels Park (Mt. Juliet)

7. Find adventure at Cummins Falls State Park (Cookeville)

8. Enjoy the wading pool and playground at Don Fox Community Park (Lebanon)

9. Enjoy the lake and rent at boat from Elm Hill Marina (Old Hickory)

10. Enjoy the water at Kirkpatrick Sprayground (Nashville)

11. Take a dip at Bryant Grove in Long Hunter State Park (Hermitage)

12. Enjoy some putt putt and bumper boats at Cedar Creek Sports Center (Mt. Juliet)

13. Learn to canoe or kayak with Metro Parks (Nashville)

14. Float and relax at Old Hickory Beach (Old Hickory)

15. Enjoy the beach at Cedar Creek Recreation Area (Old Hickory)

16. Cool off at Watkin’s Sprayground (Nashville)

17. Enjoy Lost Creek Falls (Spencer)

18. Ride the water slides at Boro Beach (Murfreesboro)

19. Take a Foggy Bottom Canoe Trip on the Harpeth River (Kingston Springs)

20. Swim and relax in the pool at Cedars of Lebanon State Park (Lebanon)

21. Slip down the slide at Municipal Park Pool (Gallatin)

22. Take a swim in some of the free indoor swimming pools Metro Parks offers (Nashville)

23. Catch some fish at Avondale Recreation Area (Hendersonville)

24. Explore and play at Centennial Park (Nashville)

25. Feed the ducks at Memorial Park (Hendersonville)

26. Climb the dragons at Dragon Park (Nashville)

27. Play hopscotch and picnic at Crockett Park (Nashville)

28. Hike and take in the wildlife at Radnor Lake State Park (Nashville)

29. Play on one of the many playgrounds at Cedar Hill Park (Madison)

30. Take a tour of the Hatcher Family Dairy (College Grove)

31. Build and learn at one of Home Depot’s Kids’ Building Workshops (Middle Tennessee)

32. Explore the many beautiful gardens at Cheekwood (Nashville)

33. Take a pony ride and slide down the slides at Lucky Ladd Farms (Eagleville)

34. Enjoy the Nashville skyline while splashing at Cumberland Splash Park

35. Hit some balls and drive some go karts at Go USA Fun Park (Murfreesboro)

 Other Fun Things To Do This Summer

If that list doesn’t wear you or your kids out sufficiently, give this list a read for ways to be active and pass the time this summer!

  • Catch fireflies
  • Do a walking tour of your city
  • Pick strawberries
  • Go stargazing at night
  • Set up a lemonade stand in your neighborhood
  • Blow bubbles
  • Make your own popsicles
  • Wash your car
  • Pick wildflowers
  • Take a road trip
  • Ride your bike
  • Visit your relatives
  • Host a summer BBQ for your neighbors
  • Play mini golf
  • Go camping
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit the library
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Take a walk
  • Learn how to juggle
  • Pack a picnic for an adventure
  • Go fishing
  • Visit a free museum
  • Jump rope
  • Take photographs of nature
  • Go to the zoo
  • Read a book
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Play soccer
  • Learn to skip rocks
  • Have a yard sale
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Set up a hammock and relax
  • Plan your next vacation
  • Pick up trash in your community
  • Try sculpting or pottery
  • Do some gardening
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Have a water gun fight
  • Take your dog for a walk
  • Mow the grass
  • Plant some trees
  • Volunteer at a local organization
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Make tie-dyed shirts
  • Play disc golf
  • Go water skiing
  • Go to a movie
  • Paint outdoor landscapes
  • Find fun shapes in the clouds
  • Play capture the flag with friends
  • Catch butterflies
  • Go antiquing
  • Go camping with friends
  • Watch fireworks
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Press flowers to make bookmarks
  • Dance in the rain
  • Go to a local farmers market
  • Clean out your garage

Healing Hands Chiropractic Wants You to Have Your Best Summer Ever

Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is about far more than managing back and neck pain. Dr. Dee and her skilled and loving staff wants to help each patient live their best life possible. This means encouraging them to get up and get moving this summer, coaching them in nutritional choices, and helping with their chiropractic needs.

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, each patient is treated like family. We love hearing what adventures our patients are taking on this summer, and all the fun they have planned with their friends and family. If you are headed out to do something fun that we’ve missed on our list, post it in the comments below! We’d love to give our readers as many ideas as possible for summer fun.

For all of your chiropractic needs, contact Dr. Dee today at 615-203-3505. You can also fill out our contact form online via this link. Whether you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain, sleep troubles, sports injuries, low energy levels, chiropractic can help. Benefits of chiropractic care include, but are not limited to:

  • Better sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Back pain relief
  • Improved focus
  • Neck pain relief
  • Faster recovery times
  • Improved sports performance
  • Better moods

Get these amazing benefits for yourself today by contacting Healing Hands Chiropractic!

Healing Hands Chiropractic proudly serves Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Nolensville, Bell Buckle, and all other areas of Middle Tennessee! Come see the best chiropractor in Murfreesboro at Healing Hands Chiropractic!