Muskegon County Business News Local News and Business Directory Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:27:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chiropractic Care and Arthritis Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:10:34 +0000 Arthritis means “inflammation of a joint”. People get arthritis for different reasons, such as an injury to a joint, chronic overuse, excessive weight, or physiologic causes like a faulty immune response in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis comes in many forms, and affects many people of varying ages. Between 2013–2015, the CDC reported an estimated 54.4 million US adults (22.7%) were diagnosed by a doctor each year with some form of arthritis. It can affect a wide range of ages, from young children (i.e. juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) to the elderly (i.e. osteoarthritis). While osteoarthritis is by far the most widely known and diagnosed form of arthritis, other types include rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and gout.

Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Hot or swollen joints
  • Pain or aching in joint(s)
  • Stiffness in joint(s)
  • Decreased range of motion

Ways to Prevent or Prolong the Onset of Arthritis

  • Keep active – whether it’s walking, pilates, playing tennis, or weightlifting at the gym, do something active that you enjoy and can do on a regular basis
  • Maintain a healthy weight – excess weight puts extra stress and strain on your joints, especially the knees and the hips
  • Make sure you are getting adequate nutrition, especially calcium and vitamin D
  • Get regular chiropractic adjustments – this will help keep your joints mobile and help reduce pain and inflammation

Management Options for Arthritis

  • Medications prescribed by your doctor
  • Weight loss
  • Specific exercise regimes
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery for some severe cases
  • Most importantly – get adjusted!

What can chiropractic do for my arthritis?

The Activator Methods Technique is used by many chiropractors, and is a successful and safe way of managing any form of arthritis. There is an initial exam process, then the adjustments themselves are gentle and effective in removing misalignments (or subluxations) in your spine and extremities. Misalignments of the bones in your body cause the joints to get “stuck” and not move properly; by removing the misalignments, regular adjustments help keep your joints mobile and therefore reduce the progression of the arthritis process.

The force of each adjustment from the Activator instrument is controlled and reliable, so each adjustment has the same amount of force every time. The ability to change the settings allows the chiropractor to better control the amount of force put out by the Activator instrument depending on the size, age, and pain tolerance of the patient as well as the region of the body.

At McClintock Chiropractic, Dr. Emma McClintock is Advanced Proficiency Rated in the Activator Methods Technique. If you have any questions or wonder if chiropractic care can help you, call our office at 231-726-6355.

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Allergies and Chiropractic Care Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:03:35 +0000 Allergies are a growing concern in modern society over the past several years. They range from seasonal allergies like a stuffy nose or sneezing around pollen and grass, to severe food allergies like consuming dairy or gluten can lead to anaphylaxis (a potentially deadly immune reaction to consumption of this food).  As more of the population develop allergies, more research is being done on treatment options. Regular chiropractic treatments have been found to reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate allergies (ICPA, Chiropractic Care in asthma and allergy), and it is well established in the literature that chiropractic care gives an overall boost to immune function (Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity).

Symptoms of Mild to Moderate Allergies

  • Sneezing when exposed to allergen (i.e. pollen, mold, grass)
  • Asthma or respiratory responses to allergen
  • Hives, itching, or other skin response to allergen
  • Watery or itchy eyes

Treatment Options for Allergies

  • Medications – prescribed or over the counter
  • Dietary restrictions (i.e. avoiding foods that contain a known allergen like dairy or wheat)
  • Supplements that support healthy immune responses, like DHIST and DHist Jr (for kids)
  • Take a high quality probiotic daily (Chalk CS, Chalk AJ …)
  • Chiropractic adjustments!

How Can Chiropractic Help With Allergies?

Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. The body’s immune system over-reacts to a usually normal stimulus that it is exposed to. It has been observed by many chiropractors over the course of time that individuals who seek chiropractic care on a regular basis (whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly) have decreased number of infections and allergy symtoms, are sick less often and less intense, and recover quicker if they do get sick. In fact, it has been found that patients who see a chiropractor on a regular basis have a 60.2% decrease in hospital admissions, 59% decrease of days spent in the hospital, 62% decrease in outpatient surgeries, and 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs (Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity). Every system of our body is controlled by the nervous system, including the immune system. Therefore, keeping your nervous system healthy and free of interference will keep your immune system working optimally as well!

If you have any questions or think you may benefit from chiropractic care, call our office at 231-726-6355.

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Feel Empowered When Selling Your Home Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:24:11 +0000 Home inspections have the power to send all parties back to the negotiation table or cancel the deal all together. As such, some sellers are taking precautionary steps of having an inspection done before listing the home for sale.

1. It allows the seller to make repairs before listing the home
If a seller has a pre-listing inspection, they will be aware of every issue present in the home and can make repairs to make it easier to sell. If the seller chooses not to make the repairs, they can at least be aware of issues present in the home, which allows them to fully disclose this

information to potential buyers. It also gives the seller more leverage during negotiations because they will be prepared.

2. It ensures a smoother, more efficient transaction
When issues are discovered during a pre-listing inspection, the seller can either have them fixed ahead of putting the home on the market or choose to disclose the issues to potential buyers. Either choice will make the home sell faster because it will prevent the buyer and seller from becoming entangled in long negotiations after the buyer has an inspection. Because the issues have been disclosed ahead of time, the buyer will not be surprised by anything and will be less likely to walk away or demand a lower price for the home.

3. It helps the seller and the agent more accurately price the home
Sellers who do not wish to fix the issues revealed during a pre-listing inspection can factor the repair costs into the asking price of the home and explain to buyers that while the home has certain issues, they will be getting it for a lower price as a result. This also protects the seller from low-ball offers.

4. It saves the seller money
When issues are discovered during a buyer-initiated home inspection, the buyer and seller will enter into negotiations to determine who will cover the costs of repairs. In general, buyers tend to significantly overestimate the costs of these repairs, and the seller loses far more money than he or she would have paid to have completed the repairs before listing the home.

5. It makes the seller more trustworthy
By disclosing any issues in advance, the buyers can feel confident they are making a deal with a trustworthy person who is not trying to hide anything.

Having a pre-inspection done can give the seller a competitive edge in a buyer’s market. If you’ve done everything possible to ready your home for sale, you can list it with your head held high, which helps in the negotiation process.

To help the process move along even smoother, call to have your seller’s inspection done today! Having this done ahead of time will eliminate any surprises or delays later in the process.

~ From your friends at JB Home Inspection

3 Tips for Preventing Financial Elder Abuse Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:00:27 +0000 The definition of elder financial abuse is a simple one. It is any case in which a senior citizen’s finances are manipulated or misappropriated for the personal gain of another.

While defining elder financial abuse may be simple, recognizing it, and preventing it, are separate matters. However, elder financial abuse can be detected if you know what to look for. Below are some tips to help elders and their loved ones spot the warning signs of financial abuse:

1. Watch out for Isolation
Sadly, despite a lifetime of cultivating relationships and friendships, a person’s senior years are the ones in which they are most likely to feel the effects of isolation. Sometimes it is because they no longer drive and are stuck at home more often, or perhaps their children and grandchildren no longer feel them relevant or worthy of a visit.

Regardless, isolation is a major contributor to elder financial abuse. While feeling lonely or isolated, seniors have been known to entertain strangers in their lives when they ordinarily would not. These new people may have ulterior motives, including trying to trick the senior into giving them money.

2. When Outsiders Come In
Likewise, seniors often entertain new people in their lives in the form of service providers, that is people who perform work in and around the seniors’ home when the latter is no longer able to do the tasks themselves. Contractors, painters, mechanics, plumbers, and so on may try to subtly bully or intimidate the senior into parting with far more money than is necessary through fear tactics.

3. The Sad Truth re: Loved Ones
When imagining instances of elder financial abuse, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a scenario in which a senior citizen gets swindled out of their money by a cunning stranger through some sort of elaborate, pre-formulated scheme. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

Studies show that 90% of the perpetrators of elder financial abuse are known to the elder. What exactly does this mean? While it sounds terrible, it means that your close friends and family members are more likely to trick you out of your money than total strangers.

You don’t have to be paranoid, but it’s always a good idea to use a healthy amount of discernment when it comes to financial affairs. If your gut tells you something is fishy, it very well may be.

Fortunately, with a bit of vigilance and commitment to keeping an eye on our aging loved ones, senior citizens can avoid financial abuse.

Chiropractic Care for the TMJ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:59:06 +0000 The temporomandibular joint (aka the TMJ or Jaw) is an intricate pair of hinge joints that is very important in our day to day life. TMJ treatment is available from many types of healthcare providers that you probably see regularly. While the exact cause of TMJ problems is unknown, it can be relatively easy to diagnose and to treat. A chiropractic adjustment for TMJ can relieve pain and discomfort as well as get your jaw moving as it should.
We use our TMJ to talk, eat, drink, balance, and much more! When our TMJ doesn’t function as it should, it can affect all of these different activities. Many people suffer from a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (aka TMD or TMJD), which is a condition that envelopes most problems of the TMJ. It is estimated that the prevalence of people suffering from some form of TMD is between 5% and 25%, and is more common in women than in men (National Institute of Dental and Craniofascial Research, Pavia et al, Rubis et al).

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction:
• Clicking in the jaw
• Pain in the jaw
• Inability to open the mouth more than 30 mm
• Deviation of the jaw when opening the mouth
• Grinding or clenching teeth
• Headaches/migraines
• Vertigo or Tinnitus
• Tension in the muscles of mastication (chewing)

Things that can affect TMJ function:
• Dental work – from general cleanings to oral surgery
• Braces – especially when the braces are put on, taken off, or tightened
• Frequent or excessive yawning
• Stress
• Bad posture
• Injuries, such as whiplash

TMJ Treatment
There are several ways that TMJ treatment can be done: by your local chiropractor, massage or physical therapist, or by your dentist or other oral specialist.
The Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique is a gentle and safe way of treating TMD with chiropractic adjustments. There is an initial exam process, then the adjustments themselves are gentle and effective. During the exam and adjustment, it is very important to assess the TMJ, head, and neck since these structures are intricately related and form one stomatognathic unit. Problems or dysfunction in one of these areas can certainly affect the other structures in the unit (Rubis et al, Westersund et al).
Before adjusting the TMJ, most chiropractors will adjust your full spine, paying particular attention to the neck and skull. It is very important to adjust the neck first because of its close relationship to the skull and TMJ. The chiropractor then will do a series of tests on both sides of your TMJ to determine the exact direction that it is not moving properly or misaligned. Depending on the extent of your history with TMD, it may take just a few treatments or several treatments to maintain the corrections in your TMJ. Your individual treatment plan will be discussed with you by the chiropractor you seek.

If you think you may have TMD or want more information of how chiropractic care can help with TMD treatment, please contact our office at 231-726-6355.