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Edmond Chiropractor: Shoes and alignment

Edmond Chiropractor: One tip to maintain alignment

It’s getting warmer, and that means people are getting close to ditching those tennis shoes and putting on some sandals or flip flops. We’ve talked about how flip flops can create pain in you feet, legs, hips, and back. We’re not going to focus on flip flops this time though, because what we call the “flip flop trot” isn’t the only bad shoe etiquette that can cause you ongoing pain. Today, the Edmond chiropractor explains why the shoes you wear matter.

Sometimes it’s not hard to see what shoes will cause you pain. One look at them is all you need to know putting those on will end in a world of hurt. Other types of shoes may surprise you though! Let’s take a look at why you may need to increase your visits to the Edmond chiropractor based on the decision to wear two different types of shoes.

1.) High Heels: High heels are one of those obvious pain shoes we mentioned before. You can tell just by looking at a pair of heels that they are going to lead to all kinds of pain, but not just in your feet. In simple terms, they throw off your alignment by changing your center of gravity. This creates extra stress and strain on your lower back. If you need to wear heels, the lower the better.

2.)Ballet Flats: Like flip flops these flat, slip on shoes don’t offer any kind of support whatsoever. This lack of support can lead to stress and strain on joints. In addition, if the shoes don’t fit properly it can cause your tendons to tighten up as a result of you straining to keep your shoes on when you walk! If the shoes are too tight they will cause pain in your toes which can surge up into your knees, hips, and lower back!

You may not want to hear it, but tennis shoes really are the best bet. Insoles or inserts can also be helpful and lend additional support. We love it when you visit the Edmond Chiropractor and we love treating you for your feet, hip, and back pain we also care about you as a person. Take care of those feet and see in a difference in your pain levels. Enjoy the spring and summer!

For more information about our Edmond chiropractor feel free to call us at 405-285-7325 or to schedule an appointment.

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Edmond Chiropractor: How Athletes benefit from Chiropractic care Pt. 2

Edmond Chiropractor: More reasons an athlete should seek regular chiropractic care

The Edmond chiropractor is back with a few more reasons why athletes should consider seeing a chiropractor regularly. Previously, we’ve gone over how seeing a chiropractor can reduce pain from regular play, keep you in your top performing shape, and undo much of the wear and tear from regular play. But there are also a few more reasons to consider, especially in regards to injury rehabilitation and treatment.

Non-Invasive/Drug free treatment: Small injuries are common in sports, especially sports like football and rugby were full contact happens often. If your looking for a drug-free, non-invasive way to treat many of these injuries chiropractors may have a solutions. There are many procedures a chiropractor can perform that are non-invasive and require no drugs. Some of these include electrical stimulation to help relieve tension towards the surface of the muscle. Active release techniques combine massage and stretching with movement to help relieve tension and pain in affected joints while also restoring range of motion. Functional dry needling focuses on stimulating deep trigger points to help release tension built up in muscles and keep them relaxed. Finally, they’re is the Graston Technique that can help break down scar tissue through the use of stainless steel tools.

Other injuries: It’s not just skeletal and nerve pain and injuries that a chiropractor can help treat. Shoulder injuries can also be effectively managed by proper chiropractic care, reducing pain in the shoulders. Headaches originating in the neck can also be alleviated by a spinal adjustment from a trained chiropractor. Ankle sprains can also be treated by chiropractors, resulting in the restoration of the range of motion and pain relief.

Feeling stiff? Having joint pain? Feeling out of alignment? Visit Hooper Chiropractic, the Edmond Chiropractor today! Call us at 405-285-7325!

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Edmond Chiropractor: How Athletes benefit from Chiropractic care

Edmond Chiropractor: Why athletes should visit the Chiropractor

Sports are great. They can teach kids about hard work and working with a team, they can help keep us in shape and they can build self-confidence. But sports can also take a toll on our bodies. From normal wear and tear to serious injuries, pushing our bodies to the extremes of activity so often can lead to many problems in every day life. Here’s how visiting the Edmond Chiropractor can help.

Undo normal wear and tear: It doesn’t matter what sport you play, all of them will involve some level of wear and tear on your body that’s just part of it. You shouldn’t let that stop you from letting you play them though as the benefits are worth it. And much of this wear can be undone with regular chiropractic care. Whenever the body, especially the spine, become out of line it can cause areas of irritation and make you less able to perform.  Regular alignments and adjustments from a licensed chiropractor can reduce much of this irritation and help improve overall performance by keeping the body in it’s best shape.

Injury Prevention: A chiropractor can work with you to find the weak points in your skeleton and nervous system and help you prevent potential injuries. A good chiropractor will treat your whole body, not just the spine and back. Again, this can also help improve performance by keeping the body in it’s best shape possible. Injury prevention is key to keeping you healthy as you push your body to the limit as an athlete.

Decrease overall pain: As has been mentioned before but it bears repeating. Regular chiropractic care can help keep the pain that comes from regular sports play at bay. Working out soreness and keeping the nervous system and skeleton aligned and working.

Need an adjustment? Looking to reduce joint pain? Call Hooper Chiropractic, Edmond Chiropractor, today at 405-285-7325!

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Edmond Chiropractor: Is is ok to visit the Chiropractor while Pregnant?

Edmond Chiropractor: Safe and actually recommened

Many women enjoy having regular adjustments from our Edmond Chiropractor’s. However, many women get nervous about continuing these treatments while pregnant for fear of hurting the baby. We understand this concern that alot of expecting mothers have and that’s why we’ve chosen to talk about whether it’s ok to visit the Chiropractor while pregnant. So, is it safe to visit a chiropractor when your pregnancy?

The truth is: Chiropractic care can help relieve stress and pain. Adjustments also help realign bones and nerves. All of these actions combine to promote a healthy body. It might sound counter-intuitive, but there’s actually some pretty good reasons why you should visit the chiropractor while pregnant.

Whenever you’re pregnant, the pelvic region has a tendency to become misaligned because of the increased back curve and the protruding abdomen. When all this happens, it can actually reduce the amount of space your developing baby has and can cause the mother pain. These and other complications can have an impact on the mother’s ability to have a healthy, natural birth.

That being said, it’s safe to say that there are no known indications of harm to pregnant women when they go to the chiropractic care. In fact, studies show the opposite. The amount of force used when performing these adjustments is minimal and our Edmond Chiropractors will always make sure you feel  at ease before continuing with any adjustments. When working with pregnant women, tables may be used to adjust for a pregnant women’s body and our techniques are designed to avoid unneeded pressure on the abdominal area.

Our Edmond chiropractor cares enough to tell you the truth about your health. You deserve to be treated with the best care possible to that you can give your body and your unborn child the best care possible.

To book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, give us a call @ (405)-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractors: Relieving headaches

Edmond Chiropractors talks about relieving headaches

According to the American Chiropractic Association, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Here with the Edmond Chiropractors we’ve seen multiple patients that have suffered from Chronic or very common headaches. Headaches feel like pain, dull or sharp. Specifically, they can be in any region of the head on one or both sides.

Like we said, a headache pain can take many forms. The pain can be sharp or dull, throbbing or constant. We’ve had patients say the headaches can seem to come on slowly while other times it can come all at once. Here’s the thing though, a headache is not actually about pain in your brain. Rather, it’s your brain’s way to tell you another part of your body hurts, a part that can’t feel pain itself. This pain manifests in your brain.

In truth, most headaches occur in the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels that cover most of your head and neck. Our Edmond Chiropractors have seen patients who say their headaches last for several hours while others have said they could last for several days. Like most pain, the go-to “quick fix” for most is to reach for a bottle of aspirin or some other pain relief medication.

The thing about trying to cover up this pain with medication is that your headaches will eventually just come back because you’re not treating the causes of the pain. Eventually, one or two pills won’t take care the pain anymore. Eventually, you may find yourself taking more and more medication to help keep the pain at bay. What if there was a better way? Often times, our patients feel instant relief from just getting a spinal adjustment by our Edmond Chiropractors.

Our Edmond chiropractors love to see people walk away with a feeling of improved well-being. If you could stop having ongoing headaches, would you do it? If you would like to know more or want to schedule your appointment please give us a call @ 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor: Supporting Joint Health

Edmond Chiropractor lays out good ways to support joint health

Joints are a major source of pain for people with Arthritis, but even in younger, healthier people joints can cause alot of problems. Joints can snap and injure easily and create tons of pain and problems when they do. Edmond Chiropractor has some ways to help keep your joints strong.

Exercise: While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise is key to maintaining your joint and bone health. We may see older athlete struggle to move and constantly complain about pain in their bones and muscles, but they are the exceptions. Athletes push their bodies to the utmost limit and that will takes it toll on your body later in life. However, moderate strength and Aerobic exercise will actually contribute to joint health. Keeping your joints supple and strong, resistant to damage and tearing. If you have arthritis, talk to your doctor or physical therapist to lay out an exercise plan that best targets your arthritis to limit pain and manage your arthritis.

Eat foods that promote joint health: Our last blog was all about these kinds of food, but eating a healthy diet is the other way to help maintain your joint and bone health. Salmon is a big one, providing Vitamin D and Calcium while also providing essential fatty acids. Other foods to look out for are foods that are rich in Calcium and Magnesium. You can also support your diet with various supplements designed to help promote joint health. Glucosamine Sulfate is a good one for promoting joint health.

Of course, another great way to keep your body pain-free and healthy is regular visit to a Chiropractor. If your feeling pain from arthritis, and injury, or age call today an schedule an appointment at 405-285-7325! We’d love to treat you!

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Edmond Chiropractor: Food for Bone Health

Edmond Chiropractor lays out some foods that help promote good bone health.

We can’t stop our bodies from aging, but we can keep them in good working order. One of the best way to do that is through nutrition and Edmond Chiropractor has some good foods you can eat to help support bone health. When talking about foods that support bone health, we want to focus on 2 nutrients: Calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium, as we all know, supports bone and teeth health but Vitamin D is also important because it promotes the absorption of Calcium.

Yogurt: A Key nutrient to supporting bone health is Vitamin D. Most people get Vitamin D through sunlight, but yogurt is also packed with Calcium and Vitamin D. It should be noted that while Greek yogurt does contain protein, it very rarely contains significant amounts of calcium or vitamin D.

Eggs: One of the easiest ways to start your day with a jolt of Vitamin D. But keep in mind, the vitamin D is in the yolk so just eating the egg white won’t suffice.

Spinach: Don’t have a taste for dairy? Spinach is a great, green way to get your Vitamin. Just one cup of cooked, green spinach will provide 25% of your daily calcium. Plus Vitamin A, Fiber, and Iron.

Salmon: Salmon is usually known for it’s heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, but a 3-ounce sockeye steak contains more than 100% of your daily Vitamin D needs.

Collard Greens: Much like spinach, one cup of cooked collards contains 25% of your daily calcium. In addition, it easily blends with your favorite foods.

Cheese: Most cheese contains most of the calcium you’ll need for the day. 1.5 ounces is all you really need to meet your calcium requirements. However, most cheese does nothing to help your vitamin D intake, meaning you’ll have to get it elsewhere, Cheese and Salmon anyone?

If your experiencing bone pain or arthritis, give us a call today at 405-285-7325!

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Edmond Chiropractor explains why your joints hurt when you have the flu

Edmond Chiropractor explains why the flu hurts your joints

Nobody likes the flu, but possibly the strangest is how your joints and muscle ache when you have the flu. The edmond chiropractor is here to explain why.

Aching muscles and joints are some of the most common symptoms of a flu, but why does that happen? Joints can become stiff and hard to move. This is because of your immune system. Whenever you have a cold, your immune system releases inflammatory chemicals into your bloodstream to combat the flu. Your white blood cells are usually used to repair and maintain your muscle fibres. However, whenever you have the flu your white blood cells are diverted to help fight the infection. Because there’s nothing helping to maintain your muscles, this also helps add to the aching and soreness. Your white blood cells are also the cells that release the inflammatory infection, called Cytokines. It should be noted though, that if you experience redness or swelling it may indicate something more serious. Should you experience any redness or swelling, seek medical attention.

Edmond Chiropractor explains how to minimize joint pain when you have the flu.

Rest is the biggest factor in recovering from the flu and limiting the effects of aching muscles. Remember, your body is using the same cells it uses to repair your muscles to fight off the flu. So whenever you try to “power through” a flu it slows down your recovery because your body has to divert those white cells to repair your muscles. Rest let’s your body focus on fighting the infection as much as possible, shortening your recovery time. Other ways you can reduce aching is taking a warm bath and wrapping yourself in warm clothes and blankets. Another remedy is warm olive or peppermint oil.

You can keep other kinds of join pain at bay by regularly visiting a Chiropractor like Hooper chiropractic, edmond chiropractor. Call us today at 405-285-7325!


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Edmond Chiropractor has tips for cold pain

How the cold can worsen joint pain and how you can help prevent it.

It’s starting to get colder outside, for most this means Hot Cocoa, Christmas decorations, and grand feasts with family. But for some this also means joint pain. Edmond Chiropractor is here to help you deal with that pain.

Why does the cold make joints hurt?

The cold won’t cause issues like arthritis but it can make the pain worse. Our bodies restrict how much blood our extremities receive, using that extra blood to keep our vital organs warm in the cold. This can lead to pain in older people and those suffering from diseases like Arthritis and Raynaud’s phenomenon. This also makes joints and soft tissue stiffen, resulting in more pain.

Ways to reduce the pain

Cover your extremities: Gloves, hats, and scarves can all help reduce cold pain by insulating your body from the cold. Wearing lots of layers will also allow you to peel them off as you start to heat up.

Exercise: It’s important to stay active, especially as we get older. Exercising regularly will keep your joints supple and flexible, reducing the pain you feel from conditions like arthritis and helping to maintain your independence into old age. If your going to exercise outdoors, remember to dress warmly and look out for ice.

Mind over Matter?: Studies suggest that Arthritis also has an emotional effect on our bodies. Making people feel upset or distressed. Colder months can lead to increased depression in some people, which can make pain feel worse. Keeping in good spirits can help to reduce physical pain.

Posture: Of Course, maintaining good posture will put less stress on weaker joints and help reduce pain. However, it’s also important to listen to your body. If something hurts when you do an activity, like a shoulder aching when you reach up, that’s your bodies way of telling you something is wrong. Consider changing or modifying that activity so that it doesn’t use that joint.

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Another great way to maintain the health of your bones and reduce pain from arthritis is to visit a chiropractor. Call the Edmond Chiropractor and schedule an appointment today at 405-285-7325!

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Edmond Chiropractor Explains Insomnia Caused By Spinal Misalignment

Edmond Chiropractor: Helping You Get Back To Sleep

According to some data provided by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research Foundation, there is a possible connection between someone having a problem with Brain Stem Subluxation (a problem in the upper neck) and that person having insomnia. With that being said, even those who do sleep, but feel unrested or can’t turn their mind off could have a potential issue. Our Edmond chiropractor would like to talk to you if you feel like sleep or rest is difficult to obtain for you.

More of the research points to how the nerve cells in the brainstem, or reticular formation, activate portions of your brain that produce wakefulness and sleepiness. As even our Edmond chiropractor could tell you, since the signals fire to and from the brain,  it’s no wonder that if the upper neck is not fully straight, or is misaligned, that insomnia could occur.

You may wonder how this sort of thing can happen to you. The truth is that small misalignments of the spine can happen from every day work or minor exercise. Bigger issues can happen as a result of accidents which cause injuries to the spinal area. Postural changes from one part of the body can often impact other areas as people tend to adjust accordingly to accommodate for the pain as they walk around during the day.

Imagine not sleeping well and then not being able to function properly all day as a result. Sleep is vital, especially since most people spend an average of 1/3 of their life sleeping. Our Edmond chiropractor stresses that a decent rest is important for being able to navigate through work loads, family time, and having an abundant personal life. If you’re not sleeping due to a possible spinal misalignment just know that the vicious cycle can begin to cause other problems with someone’s overall health.

If you’re suffering from lack of sleep or have problems with getting a decent rest when sleeping, you may just need a good adjustment! Feel free to contact our Edmond chiropractor so that we can help you get back to sleep. Our Edmond chiropractor, Hooper Chiropractic, can be reached by calling 405-285-7325.