We have a heart for teachers!
I have cared for a lot of teachers during my career these past 15 years. I have noticed so many of them feeling more and more stressed over the last few years. There are many reasons for this: there are more demands, kids have higher needs, the political climate has changed. It saddens me to hear so many of them say they are thinking about a career change. I know so many GREAT teachers and if I can play a role in helping them to manage and even decrease their stress and tension I am ALL IN!
Chiropractic care and massage therapy both help to decrease the effects of stress on the body! Proper body alignment helps our bodies function optimally. Massage and muscle work can decrease muscle spasm and tension. Many teachers report that their chiropractic visit is not only a physical adjustment, but an attitude adjustment as well!
If you are a teacher and have been considering giving chiropractic a try, please reach out. I am confident that you will be pleased with the changes you will see. If you know a teacher who could benefit, please share this message with them.
Are you tired of having mummy tummy? Do you leak pee when you sneeze? Do you want to have more energy and get back into shape after having your baby? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The MUTU System could be the perfect way to reach your goals! I have been extremely impressed with this online fitness program that meets the needs of postpartum moms.
Caring for your body postpartum is important for your overall health and well being and MUTU can help you! It is quick and convenient, which is a double win. The most important part to me is that is is SAFE! Interested in learning more or ready to get started? Check out their website!
In Health, Dr. Cathy
Believe it or not, electrolytes are a common conversation in my office, especially in the summer! While we all know the importance of staying properly hydrated, sometimes we need a little more to boost our electrolytes to have proper muscle and nerve function. When our electrolyte balance gets out of sync we can experience muscle cramps, dizziness, or even irregular heartbeat. The solution, however is NOT those sugary, chemical-laden sports drinks! I have a few tips below to get you on the right track.
1. Salt: Adding a pinch of salt to your water can help balance out your sodium levels. You will get more bang for your buck if you use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. It has many trace minerals for added health benefits.
2. Lemon: Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to your water helps to add potassium, magnesium and even calcium. It will help to aid your digestion, detoxify your liver and boost your immune system too! Need a bigger boost? Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a cup of warm water.
3. Coconut Water: Coconut water is loaded with healthy nutrients and a big source of potassium. Make sure you are choosing one with minimal ingredients and no added sugar.
These 3 things are an easy start to balancing your electrolytes and staying properly hydrated in the process!
In Health, Dr. Cathy
This week, April 22nd through April 28th, is National Infertility Awareness Week. It is dedicated to bringing awareness, starting conversations and reducing stigmas about infertility. Infertility can be a lonely journey yet it affects 7.3 million people. The goal is to offer hope to those suffering from infertility and bring awareness about the options that those struggling individuals have.
Infertility is a medical diagnosis given after a couple has actively pursued conception for at least one year. This condition can be caused by deficiencies in both men and women. There are medical options available to those wanting to conceive. The most common infertility treatments include medication (to help women ovulate more regularly), intrauterine insemination, and in vitro fertilization. While these options may result in conception, they do not fix the root cause of the infertility and they don’t guarantee a healthy pregnancy.
Research Shows Chiropractic Can Be a Solution to Many Infertility Struggles
While there are no guarantees with any method, chiropractic care has proven to be incredibly effective at helping couples previously diagnosed with infertility to conceive naturally and carry healthy babies to full-term. Spinal misalignments, which are the focus of chiropractic, cause nerve interference in the body, which disrupts communication between the brain and the other systems within the body. This means that spinal misalignments may be contributing to your improper body function! Your brain may not be effectively getting messages to your organs.
Your lumbar spine houses the nerves that control your reproductive organs. If there is a spinal misalignment in that area and you are struggling with infertility, there could be a correlation. A chiropractor can perform an evaluation to determine your level of spine health, and he or she may be able to pinpoint one of the contributors to your infertility problem.
In one study published by Alcantara, Stone, and Oman, in 2009, three women who were previously unable to conceive began chiropractic care along with making nutritional changes. After receiving chiropractic care, all three women were able to conceive. Another study from 2003 in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research saw two women, diagnosed as medically infertile, who were able to conceive naturally while under chiropractic care.
Nutrition Is More Connected to Fertility Than People Realize
In addition to being under chiropractic care, individuals struggling with fertility should pay close attention to their nutrition. Foods containing chemicals and preservatives can negatively affect your overall health and they can also greatly impact fertility. To optimize fertility focus on foods that are rich in nutrients, specifically those that help regulate hormone function, as well as support fetal development, blood health, egg and sperm health, and more. Start with a whole food diet full of vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, healthy fats and grass fed meats. Choose organic whenever possible. Avoid packaged foods, foods high in sugar and alcohol. The primary cause of infertility is often a lack of ovulation, but studies have shown that this issue can be improved significantly simply by making dietary changes.
New Beginnings Chiropractic Optimal Health Program For Infertility
At New Beginnings Chiropractic located in Grand Haven, Michigan, Dr. Cathy Boufford offers a Optimal Health Program which helps people who are not happy with their current level of health through natural options, such as chiropractic, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes. While Dr. Cathy works with individuals with many different concerns, one of the most common conditions that she sees in her program is infertility. Dr. Cathy works to correct the root causes of infertility, and she does this by addressing toxicities and deficiencies in the body, along with offering chiropractic care, nutritional support and encouragement as stepping stones to optimal health and fertility.
To learn more about Dr. Cathy’s Optimal Health Program, or chiropractic care in Grand Haven please reach out to New Beginnings Chiropractic.
I have BIG news to share!!! New Beginnings Chiropractic will be moving to a new office space this April! The new office is located at 300 N Ferry Street Suite D in Grand Haven. I am very excited about the new space! I will still be located inside Engage Wellness Collective (we are all moving)! The new space will allow us to offer classes, workshops, host events and house even more amazing practitioners to care for you <3 Stay tuned for an exact date. I hope you are as excited as I am :)
Pregnant mamas spend a lot of timing preparing. They prepare their home, create a room for baby, buy car seats and strollers and clothes. They prepare their own bodies by eating healthy food, taking prenatal vitamins and getting extra sleep. They take hospital tours and child birth classes. One of the most valuable things that they can do to prepare is to train their mind for a natural birth using positive affirmations!
Positive affirmations are statements that when said out loud can help to change the brain for the better. You can replace negative brain pathways with positive ones and retrain your brain! Your thoughts can become your reality. If you want a peaceful natural birth, spend some time visualizing what this would look like and create some positive statements to prepare your brain for this reality.
A few tips: 1. You need to believe what you are saying 2. You must say the statements out loud 3. You must say them frequently 4. Try engaging other senses- write them down, record them to listen to, and consider using aromatherapy during your affirmations and at the birth 5. Your partner can join the fun too!
Some examples include: " My body was designed to do this", "I can do hard things", "Birth is normal and natural", "My baby will fit", " I have grown this baby and I will push her out", "Breathe in strength, breathe out tension". Affirmation statements are unlimited! Spend some time thinking about what speaks to you. You can create your own affirmation cards or you can purchase sets online. There are also audio downloads and apps that have daily affirmations as well.
You can do it mama! Your body was made for this <3 Dr. Cathy
I am excited to announce that I am now offering preconception health plans! I have been studying the work of Dr. Marcia Schaefer who is a chiropractor in Lodi, WI. Dr. Marcia is an expert in holistic nutrition and a speaker for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She has developed a protocol to help couples conceive a radiantly healthy baby naturally. To date she has just over 100 babies in her office that have been conceived using this protocol over the last couple of years. I have been amazed by her work and very motivated to learn from her.
If you would like to hear what Dr. Marcia has to say about what you can do to help conceive a healthy baby naturally, you can sign up here to get a FREE podcast to learn more.
If you love what you hear contact me to get started. I offer the protocol that she has developed at New Beginnings Chiropractic in Grand Haven. I will be continuing to work with her directly as well. I am very excited to be able to offer her work to my local community.