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Look How Our Rowing Challenge Helped People Move

2015 April 9
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This spring we were looking to serve more people  so we launched a one-of-a-kind community referral outreach campaign. During the month of March the FFC team challenged the FFC practice members to a competition: which group could ‘row’ to Nantucket first – using an indoor rowing machine in our office.

It was neck and neck for about 10 days but then the practice members began to really crush the team and take a commanding lead. They rowed over 180,000 meters and successfully rowed the distance from Beverly to Nantucket. The FFC team, outnumbered by 20 to 1, responded by only made it to the South Shore. Better luck next year!

Rowing Challenge Results

We are so pleased with the results though because the ultimate goal was to get people moving after a long, cold winter. So keep the momentum going now that the snow is melting, and the days are getting warmer. Get out there and move: walk, dance, jog, hike, climb, swim, surf, bowl. You name it, just move.

And until April 16th there is still the opportunity to win a 2-night stay to Nantucket or an Indoor rowing machine! By helping a friend or loved one get healthier you can win an awesome prize. It’s so easy. If you know someone who can benefit from chiropractic care, refer them to our office by calling 978-927-8466, for an initial consultation.  If they schedule their appointment by April 16th they will receive our new patient exam for only $47 (a $285 value) and you will receive a raffle entry.

The winner of the raffle gets to choose which prize they want. Your friend or loved-one gets help in making improvements to their health. And we get work towards our mission of serving more of the community.

 

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Lifestyle Improvement Challenge with Crossfit Five Plus

2015 March 31
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Franson Family Chiropractic and Crossfit Five Plus hosted a great workshop last weekend discussing lifestyle strategies to be a healthy human being. The workshop was also the kickoff for a 7-Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge.

If you missed it and are interested in the information discussed, we have posted a rough cut of the video of the workshop on the Franson Family Chiropractic YouTube page.

If you are also interested in joining the challenge, it’s not too late! Check out the FB group: 7 Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge for more details – the challenge starts April 1st….no joke!

Resources for the challenge can be found on the FB group page or here:

Lifestyle Assessment, Circle of Life Evaluation, and Daily Journal

7-Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge Rules

7-Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge Point System

If you have specific questions please leave a comment on the FB group page or send an email to info@crossfitfiveplus.com with #LOC in the subject line.

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More Health For Our Local Community

2015 March 23
by admin

We are looking to serve more people this year. To grow our practice this spring Franson Family Chiropractic is launching a one-of-a-kind community referral outreach campaign.

We are so committed to introducing more of our local community to chiropractic care and helping more people to gain more health that we will give away an amazing prize.  To thank those who refer a friend or loved-one to our office, we’ll enter you in our raffle where you can win an Indoor Rowing Machine or a 2-Night trip for two to Nantucket!

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If you have a spouse, friend, or family member that you believe can benefit from Chiropractic care, please refer them to our office by calling 978-927-8466, for an initial consultation.  If they schedule their appointment by April 16th they will receive our new patient exam for only $47 (a $285 value) and you will receive a raffle entry.

The winner of the raffle gets to choose which prize they want. Your friend or loved-one gets help in making improvements to their health. And we get work towards our mission of serving more of the community.

It’s a win-win-win!

 

 

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Lifestyle Improvement Workshop and 45-Day Challenge

2015 March 17
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Crossfit Five Plus and Franson Family Chiropractic have partnered up for a unique lifestyle overhaul.  Join us on Saturday, March 28th at 10:30AM and learn more about the benefits of eating, moving and thinking well and how your choices can influence your health immediately – trust us, there are countless benefits beyond just fitting into those skinny jeans!

Register online on our facebook event page or call 978-927-8466.

The workshop will kick off a 7-Week Lifestyle challenge. Participants will be measuring their success over the 7 weeks of the challenge using a system of points.

The challenge is designed to reward those who stay dedicated to maintaining healthy eating, sleep, exercise, and mental/emotional habits. We will provide you with the resources you will need to guarantee success. And of course there will be prizes!

The Workshop and Lifestyle Challenge is open to the public. You know friends and family that need to be here so please invite them to join us Saturday, March 28th at 10:30AM at Crossfit Five Plus, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 135E, Beverly.

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New Wellness Family Resource For You

2015 March 17
by admin

We have added a new resource page to our blog: Wellness Family Newsletter. Every month we’ll post a new topic in our wellness family newsletter to help you make positive changes in your family’s overall health and wellness. At Franson Family Chiropractic we are dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Take a moment to check out the blog page or stop in the office to pick up a copy of the newsletter.

http://www.fransonchiropractic.com/blog/wellness-family-newsletter/

 

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Serve Our Community With Healthy Food

2015 March 4

We are so honored to serve our community with healthy food. During our annual Fresh Food Drive we collected over $1200 in donations and new patient exam fees to purchase fresh food for the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. Our goal was to stock the pantry kitchen with wholesome, nutritious, fresh produce.

This week we picked up nearly 700 pounds of fresh produce from Farmer Brown’s in Middleton, MA. The car was busting at the seams with boxes of vegetables. Delivering it right to the food pantry door, we were able to help restock the kitchen.

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Thank you to everyone  who donated and helped us serve our local community. Together we are helping to create a healthier community.

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8 Foods Your Local Food Pantry Needs This Week

2015 March 3
by Dr. Derek E. Gallant

We held our 5th Annual Fresh Food Drive over the Holidays to benefit Beverly Bootstraps.  Today we’re picking up over $700 worth of fresh produce like broccoli, lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, pears, carrots, bananas, and apples.

During the Fresh Food Drive we collected financial donations to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Then we deliver right to the Bootstraps Pantry. Our goal was to stock the pantry kitchen with wholesome, nutritious, fresh produce. Not the packaged and processed foods you typically see with a food drive. This is what a healthy person requires. And we include recipe collections to make sure everyone knows how to make the best testing meals.

Franson Family Chiropractic contributed to the Food Drive by donating the proceeds from ALL New Patient exams during the month.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community. We are proud to participate every year. We are always encouraged by all those who join this effort to help local families get healthier.

Thank you to Farmer Brown’s of Middleton, MA and Cider House Farms of Amesbury, MA for their assistance. And an enormous thank you to the patients of Franson Family Chiropractic for their support!

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Food donation pickup 2013 – Franson

 

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Decrease Your Stress For Better Health

2015 February 19
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As much as you may try to ignore it, you cannot separate your physical health from your emotions. Every feeling you have affects some part of your body, and stress can wreak havoc on your physical health even if you’re doing everything else “right.”

The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Celebrations and tragedies alike can cause a stress response in your body.

All of your feelings, positive or negative, create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don’t even know about change with every emotion.

Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance. It is even increasingly being viewed as a cardiovascular risk marker.

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HOW STRESS AFFECTS YOUR HEART

Mounting research shows that people exposed to long-term stressors have higher rates of cardiac problems than the general population. Prolonged stress can raise ‘fight or flight’ hormones that affect blood pressure, blood sugar and other things in ways that make heart trouble more likely.

Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance.

HOW YOU CAN ADAPT TO STRESS

You cannot eliminate stress entirely, but you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body’s important systems. Chiropractic care can help you reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life; reducing the ‘fight or flight’ response in your body and restore balance back to ‘rest and repair’.

There are also many other stress-management strategies you can employ to help you unwind and act as “release valves” that can help you manage your stress, including: exercise, restorative sleep, and meditation.

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Franson Family Chiropractic Earns 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2015 February 10
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Franson Family Chiropractic has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service in 2014.

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We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to improving the health of Beverly and surrounding communities through Chiropractic care and wellness education.

According to Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks “Only about 5 percent of the Chiropractic companies in Beverly have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award. It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Reducing Heart Stress With Chiropractic Care

2015 February 5
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Recently I read the article Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in a Multisite Clinical Study[1]. The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of chiropractic care in a multiclinic setting on sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activities using Heart Rate Variability (HRV). What they found was that HRV and pain levels changed in patients as a result of chiropractic care.

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The researchers used HRV as a measure of sympathetic stress; it is a general indicator of overall health and fitness. If your heart beats with intervals of identical length between each pulse, like a steady drum beat, you have low heart rate variability. If your heart beats with intervals of varying length, you have high heart rate variability. High HRV is good; low HRV is bad

What does this mean to you and me?

Do you know what causes a heart attack? Did you know that your Chiropractor and your cardiologist have something in common? Most of us what we have seen and heard from our Doctors and the media is that heart attacks are usually caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart which creates a blockage of blood flow.  However, there is increasing evidence suggesting that this is simply not the way most heart attacks occur.

Most heart attacks are caused by a suppression of a person’s parasympathetic nervous system – the part of your nervous system that control the “rest and digest” organ functions in your body; not by the arterial blockages.

When you are chronically stressed your sympathetic nervous system is activated and you live in a “fight or flight” mode – most folks now live in that state constantly. When this occurs your nervous system is out of balance and your parasympathetic nervous system is not allowed to work properly; over the long term this can cause a heart attack.

What does chiropractic have to do with this?  

The chiropractic adjustment has been shown to bring normal function to your nervous system, restoring balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic components of your nervous system. Getting adjusted on a regular basis helps your body better adapt to stress, and decreases your chances of having a heart attack.

We have always worked diligently to educate our patients and the community that the best use of chiropractic care is on a regular and consistent basis as a key part of wellness health care. Keeping your heart healthy and improved adaptation to stress is just one of the many reasons.

[1] (Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in a Multisite Clinical Study, Zhang, John et al., Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 29, Issue 4, 267 – 274)
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