This weekend was no short melody for Franson Family Chiropractic. We began our festivities at the North Shore Music Theater to meet with Beverly’s best and brightest small business owners and professionals. This year’s Beverly Business Showcase featured numerous owners and representatives who sought to sing their song. We were proud to sing ours as well:
“The body is a self-healing and self-regulating masterpiece with the nervous system primary over all. As chiropractors, we work with this system to optimize healing and improve quality of life.”
In addition, we shared how important it is to educate our community about where health comes from and then share strategies for tackling our society’s biggest health obstacles.
Next on the agenda was Peabody’s GREENFEST 2013. This educational festival allowed us to share chiropractic’s green friendly economy. We boast little waste in our profession, and what little waste there is, it’s recyclable! The Environmental Protection Agency reports that there is 3.2 million tons of medical waste each year, with 10-15% of this as potentially infectious. The best we can come up with for chiropractic waste is “face-paper”, which is 100% recyclable! Also, healthy people create LESS WASTE.
To wrap up the weekend, we served at this year’s Arthritis Walk at Lynch Park. We were happy to meet many new faces and share with them how chiropractic CAN HELP them to halt or slow down the degenerative process of arthritis! We are eagerly anticipating some new friends in the office!
Sing Your Song,
Are You Getting the Runaround?
Find the Cause of Your Extremity Pain
This case study posted in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation features a 17-month-old child with a presentation of foot pain following a jumping injury. The child’s mother brought her son to four doctors in an attempt to find relief for her hurting boy.
This is where the runaround begins. The mother was told by the ER that the boy must have “done something to the foot and just needs to rest it.”
Unsatisfied, she brought the boy to see a pediatrician who diagnosed the child with a knee strain and told her to “wrap the knee and let it rest.” The mother reported that the boy was “crawling everywhere” and quickly came to find that he couldn’t have a knee strain and crawl on it.
Finally, she brought the boy to see a chiropractor who performed a full examination and quickly found a sacroiliac joint subluxation on the same side as the “foot” pain.
At this point, the mother wanted to make sure the boy was on the right track. She took him to see an orthopedic specialist who confirmed the chiropractor’s diagnosis. However, his recommendation was similar to the other M.D.’s. Just ”rest it.”
Rest and Heal vs. Correct and Heal WELL?
The chiropractor was the only doctor to find the cause of the foot pain and offer a protocol for correcting it. YES, the boy was adjusted and was quickly running again as if nothing ever happened. TAKE NOTE, the “foot pain” was originating in the spine and not the foot!
I don’t doubt that this child’s “foot pain” would have healed and felt well again given enough time. However, the recommendation of “let it rest” would have surely left this child with future complications and is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Healing well and staying healthy takes a specific diagnosis and accurate correction. This is what good chiropractic care provides.
YOU or your FAMILY’s or your FRIEND’s hip, knee or ankle pain may be originating from dysfunction along the spine. Bring a loved one to this month’s Body Signals Workshop and learn why!
Alcantara J, Kleijan M. Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Foot Pain & Vertebral Subluxations Following a Fall. J Vert Sub Res. 2008 Aug:1-6
Reason for seeking chiropractic care/initial complaint: Knee Pain and Lower Back Soreness
I had many bad pains in my back and hips that were excruciating and lasted for weeks. They went away but this last episode I was talking to a friend and she insisted I go see a chiropractor.
When I met Dr. Camilla I felt she was very warm and conscientious. She has helped me through the adjustments and I feel so much better. Every time I hear someone say “I have back pain” I respond, please go see the doctors at Franson Family Chiropractic and get checked. I also would like to say the adjustments helped my heart too. I no longer have my temples pounding every night. – Jeannette
Who do you know? Who can you help?
Pass this info along to them, then invite
them to our upcoming workshop!
Lower Extremity Issues Workshop
TUESDAY June 4Th at 6:45pm
Price of admission: 1 guest
Sign up at the front desk!
Let’s get right down to it. Your belief system is the best predictor of your health outcomes in that your beliefs organize your behaviors and your behaviors determine your outcomes.
With that said, what do you believe?
Do you believe in a mechanistic approach to health, whereby it is believed that the body can be understood and cared for by simply identifying, describing and analyzing all its constituent parts?
A little confused? Allow me to explain.
In this approach, the human body is viewed as nothing more than a machine that obeys fixed laws and functions as a result of a complex series of chemical and physical reactions. From this perspective, only the tangible parts are considered and health is thought to be created or restored by simply removing “faulty” parts or “damaged” sections. This belief system forms the basis of biomedical science and conventional medicine.
If this is your belief system then what are your outcomes? It is apparent, as a nation, which is run by this belief system, that the outcomes are not good. People are sicker than ever before. In fact, it is being reported that for the first time in history, American children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Do you believe in a vitalistic approach to health, that identifies the body’s ability to be self-organizing, self-developing, self-maintaining, and self-healing? This perspective recognizes that the body is more than the sum of its parts; and is controlled by a specific intelligence that guides its development as well as its interactions with the environment and responds to challenges that the environment creates or imposes. Evidence of this is seen in the body’s ability to express health, to maintain health, and to recover from illnesses or other conditions that threaten health.
This is OUR belief system, which determines our behaviors, and the outcomes are clear…Families inside our practice, under regular chiropractic care, are safer and healthier than those who are not.
So if you are seeking different health outcomes, I challenge you to take a moment to identify your belief system and the resultant behaviors that originate from those beliefs.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tyler Pinstein
Health IS Simple
“Health is simple, it’s just not easy”
Patients are reminded daily by the signs hanging in our office that although it’s not easy, health truly is simple. Let’s take a closer look at this short, but stimulating statement.
Using a tree as an analogy, ask yourself, “What does it take to not only keep a tree alive, but to more importantly, allow it to thrive”?
Simple question, right? Everyone knows that a tree needs healthy soil, adequate sunlight, clean water and plenty of carbon dioxide. It’s a simple recipe for a healthy tree.
Although different elements are required for our health as humans, the complexity of the recipe, or better yet, the lack thereof, remains the same. Our health depends on FIVE things:
1. Proper Exercise
2. Proper Nutrition
3. Proper Rest/Recovery
4. Positive Mental Attitude
5. Proper NERVE SUPPLY
When you add these five facets together the summation or end result is inevitably HEALTH!!
The “it’s just not easy” portion stems from the unnatural lifestyles that an overwhelming majority of us are currently living on a day-to-day basis. Allow me to explain.
Lets briefly refer back to that analogy of the tree. If we were to alter that tree’s environment and place it in a desert terrain, the SIMPLE requirements for the tree’s health do not change, however, its ability to express and experience health has been challenged in its new unnatural environment (poor soil, too much sun, not enough water, etc.)
The same is true for us as humans. Our simple requirements for health have not changed in the 50,000 years we have existed as a species. What has changed and made experiencing health more difficult is our environment. We no longer live a natural lifestyle that is congruent with our original design. Although these habits are common, it is not natural to sit eight hours a day, drink soda by the gallons, exercise only during the month of January, and turn on the television to be blasted with negative news reports.
When we get rid of the garbage and revert back to the natural lifestyle we were designed to live, the statement, “Health is simple, it’s just not easy,” merely becomes, “Health is simple.”
How often do you get to the end of your day, sit back, and frustratingly wonder what you’ve accomplished? You know you were moving and keeping busy, but how much did you actually get done? Think for a moment. Or, maybe you took the day off to get refreshed, and at the end of it, you felt more exhausted than you started. Sound familiar? This happens to everyone, and there’s a good explanation for it.
This empty, mouse-wheel feeling, is likely stemming from the deficiency of an emotion. A powerful emotion! SELF-ACCOMPLISHMENT.
Dr. Stephen Covey teaches us that we spend all of our time in one of four quadrants, things that are:
- Important and urgent
- Important but not urgent
- Not important but urgent
- Not important and not urgent
Quadrant ONE is easy to understand. Most of us know when something is important and urgent. If your gaslight comes on in your car, you’d better fill the tank. When the bills come in the mail, they need to be paid or the lights go out. If you’re a business owner, then making payroll and meeting a deadline qualifies. For the parents out there, it’s getting your children to school on time. These are all necessities.
Quadrant FOUR is just as easy. Things that are not important and not urgent include watching movies, television sitcoms, and checking your personal Facebook and Twitter accounts while at work. 99% of the time, this is a complete WASTE-OF-TIME. These items often catch us off-guard, and before we know it, hours have gone by and we have lost our grip on time.
Here’s where it can get tricky!
Quadrant THREE can be deceptive if we’re not careful. These items are urgent, and because they are urgent, we mistake them as being important. If you are like many of my friends, you are trained to hover over your phone until it buzzes, whistles, chimes or chirps. This immediately evokes a muscular reflex until you’ve learned what great and important call, message or update has summoned you. Most of the time it’s a status update, Words With Friends move or the person you used to eat lunch with in kindergarten requesting your friendship over Fakebook. Oops.
Sometimes, however, it’s mowing your lawn or washing your car. Maybe you’ve gotten to a place in life where some important things can now be done by others so that you can do things that only YOU can do. This is the art of delegation. If you were making millions would you still be doing your own taxes? Making the tax deadline is an urgent matter but it’s not necessarily important that YOU do it? Get my drift? Be careful that you are not using up all your time on urgent but not important things.
Quadrant TWO is the important but not urgent things. This is where you make life meaningful. This is where quality and value is built. Prayer, reading to your kids, exercising, reading a non-fiction book, having your spine checked, budgeting, writing your vision, changing your oil, rewriting your vision and building relationships all fall in this category. Sadly, we live in a society that tends to keep us on the move and draws our attention to “urgent” matters. Consequently, we miss out on the building blocks of success and fulfillment. We miss out on the SELF-FULFILLMENT that the items in this quad will produce.
Here’s the take-away!
If you discipline yourself to quad two activities, you will more effectively discover your God-given gifts, talents and dreams.
If you avoid quad two activities, they may very quickly become quad one: Important and urgent. If you do not change your oil, you may be buying a new engine. If you do not budget your finances, you may go bankrupt. It’s the same with bad health leading to hospital bills or an unhealthy marriage leading counseling. These important items must be tended to or else they will become very urgent.
Budget your day and tell your time what to do. Give it a job. That way you won’t be wondering where it went. Set a goal in-order to stick to QUADS ONE & TWO. At the end of the day, pick one thing you could have done better. Discipline yourself to this, and one month later you will find yourself walking with a greater sense of ACCOMPLISHMENT!
Dr. Mark E. Crowell
Ramsey D. Entreleadership: 20 years of practical business wisdom from the trenches. Howard Books. NY: 2011
Why are the number of allergy sufferers increasing? Why are autoimmune disorders sky rocketing? Why have our bodies turned against themselves? There are many causes, but probably the biggest two are our obsession with germs and our evolving agricultural practices.
As a society, we have been led to believe that all bacteria in and around the body are bad; and that we need to eliminate these bacteria with the use of preservatives in food, chlorine in our water, bleaches and cleaning aids, antibiotics, and vaccinations. Certainly, the medications and improved hygiene in our homes are life savers when necessary, but at the same time we have become obsessed with eliminating all germs. And this just might be the downfall of our health.
If it wasn’t for the cloud of microbes that we live among, we wouldn’t survive. We have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria and there are 10 times more of them than there are of us. Bacteria are necessary and help with our circulatory system, our digestive system, our musculoskeletal system, skin, and especially our immune system. Now we have become hypersensitive, reacting to normally innocuous things like certain foods, dust, grasses, or pollen.
Our agricultural practices may be another reason autoimmunity, food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies are growing. The rapid changes in today’s agriculture and the global economy are so unnatural that our bodies, which evolved over 10s of thousands of years, are struggling to keep up.
To avoid this:
- Plant your own garden
- Eat locally grown foods
- Eat seasonally
These simple tips will help you reduce the risk of allergies, intolerances, and autoimmune sensitivities.
For some, it may be too late. They have already lived a lifetime of poor health choices, too many medications, poor food quality or food choices, and more. It’s just through lack of knowledge or misunderstanding that we made these poor health decisions, but knowing what we now know there is still the opportunity to make better choices.
Get started this week! Join us Tuesday, May 7 at 6:45pm at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 101D, in Beverly as Dr. Stephen Franson explains how to correct what could be causing your allergy symptoms. RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or call our office at 978-927-8466.
Spring is HERE for Franson Family Chiropractic!!
This gorgeous weekend brought two amazing events for us. On the left you’ll see us at the 6th Annual Happy as a Clam Race and Wellness Carnival. On the right was the 1st Annual North Shore Christian School Spring Festival. Both events brought parents, children and bouncing balls in abundance!
The Happy as a Clam Wellness Carnival started in 2008 to connect the school and community in promoting health and wellness for families. We couldn’t agree more with this message and are “Happy as a Clam” to support this event.
Our mission at Franson Family Chiropractic is to EDUCATE and ADJUST as many FAMILIES as possible toward OPTIMAL health through NATURAL chiropractic care! With that, we’d like to thank you both for inviting us to join in the festivities and to partner in your mission for healthier families.
ONE MORE THING!
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to bullet-proof your immunity and beat this Spring’s allergens. Join us TOMORROW!!!!!
Stop Allergies Forever Workshop
May 7th at 6:45pm
Price of admission: 1 guest
In Loving Service,
“At the corner of happy and healthy!” By now most have heard this catchy slogan released by pharmacy-giant, Walgreens.
My fiancé, Erin, (insert sarcastic voice) just loves being around me when this slogan comes on the T.V. or radio. She loves every opportunity to point out my unrestrained intensity. To me this marketing phrase is like public speaking to most, generating a “fight or flight” response that only ends after a few good deep breaths and a sip of water. My blood pressure rises, my heart rate increases, my eyes dilate and my breathing pattern changes. Honestly, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t experiencing that same physiological shift right now as I write this.
Give me a moment to explain my frustration with this simple yet ridiculous jingle. We live in a society where those in control of our health care system teach us that we are healthy so long as we are not experiencing symptoms and we are happy so long as we are not sad. Let me quickly, with one question, blow a hole in this concept.
Q: You know someone who is feeling great, experiencing no symptoms, but has a 90% blockage of their coronary artery. Are they healthy?
A: Of course not! They are a walking time bomb!
Hey Walgreens….!! Just because you are not experiencing symptoms, does not mean you are healthy. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
It pains me to see we have come to a point in healthcare where a drug distributor, who sells “band-aids” to a sick and suffering population , is claiming that they not only know what health and happiness is, but they can also tell you where to find it.
What’s next? Budweiser promoting they are located at the intersection of sober driving and six pack abs?
If you are interested in finding out the TRUE location of HEALTH and HAPPINESS drop in and see us!
Don’t let allergies ruin your spring!
Can you stop allergies forever? Most people never find help because they are not looking in the right place for answers. Next week Dr. Stephen Franson explains how to correct what could be causing your symptoms. Don’t miss your chance to learn how.
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:45pm
at Franson Family Chiropractic,
located at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 101D,
Call 978-927-8466 to reserve your spot.
Who do you know that needs help with Allergies? If you, or someone you know, is struggling with allergies join us to find the answers. RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or call our office at 978-927-8466.