Common Questions (and Answers!) about Acupuncture

Let’s start at the origins. Acupuncture has been practiced for hundreds of years, though not all in the same form. During the Stone Age, people used knifes and other sharp objects to relieve pain and disease. Warriors that were hit by arrows during battle noticed areas of relief in different parts of the body.funny_acupuncture

Monks noticed energy moving in specific areas of the body while they were meditating and eventually started recording these findings. Over time, the practice became modified and was researched in depth to bring the modern acupuncture we know and use today.

What does the treatment consist of?

A doctor will go over your health history (if they do not already know it) and assess what your health complaint is and where it’s located. From there, they choose the acupuncture points that will be beneficial for your care (they might ask you to change into shorts or a gown depending on the location). The doctor will use an alcohol pad to disinfect the area and tap the needle in the point.

Wait! Needles!? Yes needles, but acupuncture needles are TINY! They are only .25

 

mm thick, where the average sewing needle is 1 mm thick. There is very little to no pain at all when the doctor taps the needle into the point.acupuncture-needle-size-comparison
So how does acupuncture work? Let’s use a common condition that many people suffer from as an example. Headaches. There are many ways to get rid of a headache, including acupuncture! For example, here are three points that are used when treating headaches:

 

GB 20, Li 4, and Si 13. The letters stand for Gall Bladder, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine channels.

Where the numbers stand for certain points along that channel. Now these channels are used for specific reasons. Gall bladder and small intestine are used because of their location on the body. The large intestine channel is used because Li 4 is the strongest point for a condition that involves the upper body. Depending on the type of headache, other points may be used. If the headache is considered a “pounding headache” then the liver channel might be used because that channel helps control blood flow.

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Can pregnant women use acupuncture? YES! Acupuncture is a great natural treatment method for pregnancy pain and is safe for both mother and baby. Acupuncture can be used to help with pain and nausea associated with pregnancy. It can also be used to help with infertility issues.

 

What about children? There isn’t a specific age that is “too young” for acupuncture. If a child can sit still for 15-20 minutes then a doctor can perform acupuncture on them. Acupuncture is a helpful treatment for anxiety, depression, headaches, stomach pain or reflux, ADHD/ADD, and more.

Acupuncture is used for many different conditions like sinus allergies, depression, infertility, constipation, pain management, musculoskeletal disorders and more! It is a safe and natural way of treating health issues and goes hand in hand with chiropractic care!

Want to learn more about Acupuncture? Head to our website or read more in our blog!

Treating Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints a chiropractic clinic will treat.  84% of adults will experience lower back pain sometime in their life.  This pain can decrease your quality of life by limiting what activities you can do and what activities you will have to avoid all together.

There may be a loss of income, disability issues and pain that causes mental fatigue.  Low back pain is not limited to adults.  Teenagers and children frequently experience lower back pain due to overuse (i.e. heavy backpacks) and strains/sprains from injuries caused by playing, falls and sports.

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There are many causes of lower back pain.  The lower back is comprised of bones, nerves, muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons as well as a strong blood supply.  These structures can be taxed by poor posture, overuse, pregnancy, weight, repetitive movements, injuries, prolonged sitting or standing in one place.

 

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that is dedicated to non-surgical treatment of lower back pain.  Many studies have concluded that manual therapy (adjustments) are effective for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as lumbar herniated disc with radiculopathy (leg pain) and sacroiliac/pelvic pain among other conditions.

Chiropractic care is less expensive than medical care.  Chiropractic care is effective for patients with spinal degeneration.  Chiropractic provided better pain relief with chiropractic adjustments than with medical care and the list goes on. Compared to most treatment options, chiropractic care is among the best!

At Minser Chiropractic Clinic, we are dedicated to providing the best treatment options for your and your children’s health issues.  Let us help you overcome lower back pain and live a better, healthier life.  Yours for better health…..naturally!

 

6 Ways to Create a Healthy Dietary Lifestyle

The power of eating well is tremendous and is often forgotten. It’s amazing to see how a slight change in one’s diet can make a big impact on their mood, weight, and overall health. Here are some dietary tips to follow to prevent disease, increase energy, or to find and maintain your desired weight.

  1. Eat only when hungry. It seems like common sense but many people fall into eating because their bored, watching TV, or at a sporting event. Try to leave 2-3 hours in between meals or snacks and try not to eat at least 2-3 hours before bed.
  2. Chew, chew, chew! It’s important to remember that the first step of digestion starts in your mouth. Food should be chewed thoroughly to allow easy digestion and avoid over eating by allowing your stomach to fill and a consistent rate.
  3. Save your biggest meal for lunch. At the middle of the day is when your digestive system is at its peak performance. Eating close to your bedtime doesn’t allow your digestion system to adequately rest.
  4. Exercise and de-stress regularly. kaboompics.com_Fresh organic strawberry in white bowlGet yourself moving, breathing, stretching and relaxing on a regular basis. When stressed, we tend to stress eat which typically means reaching for the unhealthy snacks. Exercising, while burning calories from food, also is a way to de-stress and increase your mood.
  5. Cleanse regularly. There are a lot of toxins in some of the foods we eat and our body naturally produces toxins. For these reasons, it’s wise to cleanse and rejuvenate your body to optimal health.
  6. Don’t skip meals! You may be busy but skipping meals means you are more likely to binge the next time you eat to compensate.

Try to be consistent on a daily basis with overall good eating, de-stressing, and physical activity. Establishing healthy habits increases your overall health and decreases your risk of illnesses and diseases. Make this year, a year where you’re eating well!

 

9 Ways to Get Your Kid to Eat Veggies

tomatoes-and-carrots-picjumbo-comSome children devour vegetables like it’s candy, but what can you do if your kids refuse to eat the green stuff on their plate?

Rather than forcing your kids to eat veggies, try preparing them in a way where they’ll enjoy vegetables, or not know it! We (along with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) have some tips to try to get your kids to enjoy eating veggies.

  1. Grow a vegetable garden! Growing a garden gives your kids a connection with their food. It also allows you and them to spend some family time outside.
  2. Mince or puree them up in a food processor. Puree veggies to give to babies or hide veggies in pizza, pasta sauce, soup, or even mac and cheese!
  3. Bake them! Make zucchini or broccoli cheese muffins for breakfast.
  4. Hide them in meat! Mix pureed or minced veggies with the meat, (like turkey!) then mold them into burgers or meatloaf.
  5. Put them into smoothies! When making their favorite strawberry banana smoothie, add a little spinach or kale to the mix.
  6. Let them help make meals and snacks. Show them the fun of cooking and preparing meals. Let them pick out what veggies to eat at dinner tonight.
  7. mom-child-cookingExperiment with dips! If kids don’t like plain veggies, offer something to go with it. Hummus, veggie dip, ranch dressing, and salsa work great with all kinds of veggies!
  8. Cut back on the junk food! If there are less chips and cookies around to snack on, kids will be forced to choose alternatives like fruits and veggies!
  9. Try new recipes! Preparing veggies in a new dish is a great way to spice up foods and try new things! Or even make the veggies the dish, like a bowl perhaps.

These are only a few ideas on how to get your kids to eat veggies. It can be difficult at times, but know that vegetables are an important part of a child’s (and adults) diet! Comment if you have any ideas that we missed!

 

 

It’s Our 27th Birthday!

cropped-side-logo.jpgMinser Chiropractic Clinic has been in the St. Cloud community for 27 years as of July 1st, 2017. We cannot thank our patients, doctors, staff, and community enough for supporting us throughout the years!

Here are 27 fun facts about Minser Chiropractic Clinic that we’d like to share with you!

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27 Years in Business

 

26 + shelves of nutritional product

25 total employees currently

24 years ago, Dr. Minser converted to automatic x-ray processor versus developing x-rays manually with chemicals

23 years ago, the clinic had 3 employees

22 years ago, Dr. Minser had a pager-no cell phones yet!

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21 years ago, Dr. Minser had 5 employees

20 continuing education credits the doctors needs to be re-licensed each year

19 children (including babies on the way) that our employees are mothers to

18 computers

17 years in this building

16 different custom orthotics

15 years Dr. Fimrite has been with the clinic

14 new patients Dr. Minser had her 2nd month of practice

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Our 11th Annual 5k/1k!

13 phones in the clinic

12 treatment rooms

11 5ks we have hosted (soon to be 12!)

10 chiropractic assistants

9 of our employees have summer birthdays

8 years of CPR classes being offered at the clinic for employees

7 months it took to build the clinic in this location

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Sartell Parade 2016

6 days a week we’re open

5 doctors on staff & 5 Massage Therapists!

4 of our doctors can do acupuncture

3 parades we are in each year

2 different locations the clinic has been in

1 doctor started it all- Dr. Mary Beth Minser

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Dr. Mary Beth Minser receiving the award for Best Chiropractor in Central MN for 2016

Benefits of Foam Rolling

If you haven’t heard about the benefits of foam rolling, then you may be missing out on one of the most effective tools at your disposal for increasing muscle flexibility, recovery and injury prevention.

Rollers are the most popular tool for self-myofascial release and are gaining popularity among athletes and non-athletes alike because of the often dramatic and almost immediate impact it has on performance and overall health.

Myofascial release is a technique used by massage therapists to help release the tension between sliding surfaces of muscle and its surrounding fascial tissue.  To make these changes oneself, a foam roller is used in place of the therapists hands.  The foam roller will never completely replace the therapists hands, but serves as a great daily alternative.foam-roller.jpg

The benefits of foam rolling are increased blood flow and circulation, better movement and range of motion, and a decrease in recovery time after working out.  Proper foam rolling techniques can be used on all major muscle groups and can make a dramatic difference in overall muscle soreness and flexibility.

If you would like to know how you may benefit from foam rolling, please speak with our Exercise/Rehab department today!!

 

The Young Athlete

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer, dance, or Little league team is an important rite of passage for many children, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body-conditioning for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training, and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

  • Wear the proper equipment. Certain contact sports, such as football and hockey, can be dangerous if the equipment is not properly fitted. Make sure all equipment, including helmets, pads, and shoes fit your child or adolescent.
  • Eat healthy meals. Make sure your young athlete is eating a well-balanced diet and does not skip meals. Avoid high fat foods, such as candy bars and fast food. At home, provide fruit rather than cookies and vegetables rather than potato chips.  Make sure meals are high in protein to help with muscle breakdown.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Certain sports, such as gymnastics, wrestling, and figure skating may require your athlete to follow strict dietary rules. Be sure your child does not feel pressured into being too thin and that he/she understands that proper nutrition and caloric intake is needed for optimal performance and endurance.
  • Drink water. Hydration is a key element to optimal fitness. Teenage athletes should drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated, and carbonated drinks. Sports drinks are a good source of replenishment for those kids engaged in long duration sports, such as track and field.Teenagers_playing_Sports
  • Follow a warm-up routine. Be sure your child or his/her coach includes a warm-up and stretching session before every practice, game, or meet.  I’m always amazed at how many athletes we treat that tell me they never warm up!  A slow jog, jumping rope, and/or lifting small weights reduces the risk of torn or ripped muscles. Flexibility is key when pushing to score that extra goal or make that critical play.
  • Take vitamins daily. A multivitamin and magnesium are good choices for the young athlete. Young athletes use their bodies in an incredible way and if nutrients aren’t properly replenished you can be prone to muscle injuries.
  • Avoid trendy supplements. Kids under the age of 18 should avoid the use of performance-enhancing supplements, such as creatine. Instead, they should ask their coach or trainer to include weekly weight training and body-conditioning sessions in their workout.
  • Get plenty of rest. Eight hours of sleep is ideal for the young athlete. Lack of sleep and rest can decrease performance. Sluggishness, irritability, and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition, and injury prevention to young athletes.  When an athlete sustains an injury, a doctor of chiropractic can help speed recovery and instruct the young athlete on how to avoid a repeat injury.

Doctors of chiropractic are also certified to perform school spots physicals.  If you have questions about your young athlete and how to help them perform better or stay injury free, talk to one of the doctors at Minser Chiropractic today!