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Staying Safe on the Slopes

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Snow is already falling in Boulder and you know what that means…time for skiing and snowboarding! Whether you are going down a bunny hill or a black diamond, sports injuries can happen. Here are a few common injuries that can sometimes occur when you’re on the slopes:

 

  1. Fracture or dislocation of the shoulder: Fractures should be immobilized to prevent further damage, and you should immediately go to a professional for treatment. Unless you really know how to reduce your own shoulder dislocation, rush it to a professional so that they can reduce the dislocation before inflammation freezes it in place. Otherwise go to the ER and have it reduced under anesthesia. 
  2. Head injuries, including concussions: If you experience a hard fall of any kind, make sure to get checked out. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Concussions may not manifest immediately and can range from mild to severe, so it is important to be examined just to ensure there will be no lasting trauma.
  3. Hand, wrist or finger injuries: When we fall, we have an innate reflex to put our hands out in front of us to protect our face, which can sometimes result in hand and lower arm injury. A better way to fall is on the forearm, which has more surface area to take the impact therefore lessening the blow.

Though sports injuries may happen and are sometimes inevitable, always take precautionary measures to make it less likely.

A couple other things to think about:

  • When skiing and snowboarding use appropriate equipment and do not take unnecessary risks outside of your skill level.
  • Make sure another person always knows where you are, just in case of emergency.
  • If you fall while skiing or snowboarding, and you believe you may have injured yourself, sudden movements may cause more harm than good. Wait for help before you attempt to go anywhere. 

If a skiing or snowboarding accident results in an injury, whether big or small, we recommend coming into our Boulder clinic to get an exam. By using natural and holistic remedies and approaches to healing, we’ll help you getting back on the slopes in no time, and more importantly, we’ll help get your body better prepared to handle the downhill terrain. 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Zach Dischner.

Tips for Staying Healthy…the Natural Way

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With flu season upon us, it’s sometimes hard to keep our bodies healthy. To maintain a strong immune system, it’s important to be proactive and to incorporate good practices in your daily routine. Before getting a flu shot consider this: Flu shots are a problem because they contain neurotoxins and other poisons which are then injected into the body. Some may even pose a problem even if they are ingested orally. Since, the vaccine is made early in the year it is not very reliable and often times cannot protect from a mutated virus. And if you decide to receive the flu shot, you may think that is all you need to be protected from the virus, which is not true.

Here are some important tips on staying healthy and happy naturally during flu season:

  • Vitamin D is important to many vital functions in your body. It helps maintain strong bones and wards off diseases. Exercise and losing weight can increase your Vitamin D levels without taking a pill. Sunlight, fish, and milk can also be great sources of Vitamin D, as well. It is important to get the necessary vitamins and nutrients to make sure your immune system stays strong.
  • Washing your hands is a simple way to prevent disease. Just by taking a few minutes to wash your hands with soap and water you can reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Eating plant-based foods is an easy way to keep you in tip-top shape! Never underestimate the power of fruits and vegetables. Joining the kale trend is not just a fad, the vegetable is a superfood that contains Vitamins K, A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6 and other nutrients, like calcium, potassium, fiber, iron and more! Substituting kale or spinach for iceberg lettuce is an easy and beneficial switch to your diet that adds a significantly more amount of vitamins and nutrients to ward of disease. Simply by adding a salad to your meal or fruit for dessert your overall physical and mental health can improve!

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These are a few natural and easy ways to stay keep your immune system happy and healthy during the winter. Dressing warm and taking care of your body are critical when fighting off disease and keeping your immune system at its healthiest.

At Groover Clinic in Boulder, we specialize in helping you heal using a natural and personal approach with a holistic treatment plan for any problems causing you pain and injury. Our main priority is to help our patients achieve their wellness goals by living happy, pain-free lives. Make sure to bundle up and schedule your appointment at the Groover Clinic so we can get you feeling your best.

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Chait and Amelia Crook.

Prevent High School Sports Injuries by Addressing the Root of the Problem

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The new school year in the fall brings with it a new season of high school sports and activities. For athletes and their families, this means excitement, achievement, and possible injuries. Students face increasing demands on their developing skeletons, which make them more vulnerable to internal damage and imbalance. In the offseason, athletes may not have spent time conditioning themselves and they jump into the preseason unfit, which leads to susceptibility to many injuries. Sports injuries, while painful, can also be discouraging for athletes and their families, affecting grades, motivation, and confidence. By focusing on the root of the problem and providing natural solutions to help heal the injury, the Groover Clinic holistic sports injury program helps athletes perform at their very best.

Sports injuries can be the culprit for shoulder misalignments, which can create pain in the shoulders, neck, upper arms, and back. What’s our secret to successful shoulder care and healing? Evaluation and treatment of ALL factors influencing your shoulders.

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Joint and muscle pain could be caused by exceeding your skill level, or it could mean abnormal joint function and structure. Our Boulder chiropractic clinic will carefully match your current ability with your current level of participation by considering baseline fitness and the structural and functional health of your joints and the rest of your body. A comprehensive evaluation may reveal undiscovered injuries that cause pain, dampen performance and increase your risk for further acute injuries.

Working together we plan the best course of holistic treatment to help you be a stronger, more coordinated athlete, which will ultimately help to prevent injuries.

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Special thanks to the following for use of photographs: Chuck, Ron, and K.M.

“No Pain, No Gain”?

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It almost summer here in Boulder, Colorado and chiropractic is already more summer-like. Patients are back to bike-racing, running, golf, rowing, baseball, off-roading, hiking, camping, etc. Slogans like “No Pain, No Gain”, and “Just Do It” are irrelevant for most Boulderites, but quick analysis of these locker-room platitudes could save you from both acute and repetitive stress injuries.

Here’s a positive interpretation of these two mantras. Healthy, able athletes transcend all barriers to motivation and expectation to experience exhilarating performance breakthroughs. On the other hand, unconditioned athletes may get overly motivated and injure their back, neck, etc. by training beyond their skill, their conditioning and their basic structural and functional abilities. Or, an ordinarily skillful, conditioned athlete may feel the onset of hip and knee pain, but choose to “push through it” in an effort to maintain their training and competition schedule. They start taking pain-killers to keep going, but go down with a disabling knee sprain and hamstring spasm. With basic self-knowledge and discreet action, both consequences could be avoided.

Be sure to carefully match the current level of your participation with your current ability. I would be happy to help you with that. Consider your baseline fitness, including your strength, endurance, cardiovascular health and efficiency and the structural and functional health of your joints and of the rest of your body. Your pain could be from safely exceeding the limits of your expectations. Or, your joint and muscle pain could signify abnormal joint function and structure. Left unattended, these impairments could escalate into acute, disabling injuries and eventual degenerative arthritis. Detecting and correcting abnormal joint function and structure will improve your strength, stamina and coordination and will also prevent you from developing chronic degenerative arthritis of your abnormally structured and functioning joints.

Best of Health,

Dr. Tom Groover, BS, BSCI, MA, DC, CCEP

www.boulderchiropracticclinic.com

Stand Up to Allergies

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Your body will tend to accumulate toxins more during the colder months of the year and the rising temperatures of spring starts the “melting” and mobilization of these more stagnant toxins into your body’s srotamsi. Normally your srotamsi will deliver these toxins into your blood or lymphatic circulation, sweat glands, etc. for effective elimination. During spring, however, the volume and consistency of these migrating toxins tend to clog your srotamsi. Resulting extracellular toxicity and cellular nutritional deficiencies will impair normal cellular function making your tissues, organs and systems, including your immune system, less vital and adaptable.

Your accumulated toxins are considered environmental.They enter your extracellular environment from the both the outer environment and as ama, or waste from bad digestion. As ama accumulates within your respiratory system it combines with your respiratory mucus to form a sticky toxin called shleshma to not only congest, irritate and inflame the linings of your sinuses, throat, bronchi and lungs, but to form a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and virus.

Here are some practical, low-cost, some ancient and some modern, natural, tips for preventing or managing your allergies at the level of their cause:

  1. Drink the appropriate, measured amount of water for you body weight and activity. Warm water is better than cold because it is more mobilizing and hydrating. Good hydration will help dilute and move shleshma.
  2. Consume turmeric, sage, red pepper, cumin and coriander. They are good allergy fighters.
  3. Observe a Kapha-Pitta pacifying diet to help mobilize shleshma and reduce inflammation. Use Pitta Tea and Pitta Spices.
  4. Follow a very low carbohydrate way of eating to detox your body, reduce inflammation and improve your cellular and organ function.

Visit Groover Chiropractic Clinic for your quarterly wellness check-up or as a prospective new patient. Our approach to joint-muscle-nerve corrective care removes: joint pains which deplete your energy, joint inflammation which contributes to your body’s total systemic inflammation, and blockages and imbalances from your nervous system for better control and regulation of your body’s cells, tissues, organs and systems.

You may also request a nutrition consultation with Dr. Groover, and he will check your ayurvedic pulse and help you adopt his allergy season recommendations into your daily routine.