Athletics and Chiropractic Care

What is the summer time without a little golfing, a little boating, a little baseball. Summer is the time we all get out and play. Especially this summer, with the FIFA World Cup, our attention is more focused on athletics and doing the sports we love. Sometimes sports can gets the best of us, causing us to sustain injuries. Did you know that Chiropractic can help with your sports injuries, and did you also know that Chiropractic can help REDUCE the likely hood of you getting injured in the first place?

Athletes who receive routine adjustments can notice an improved difference in their athletic performance, their range of motion, flexibility, relieve strain placed on the body, and have reduced injuries.  Chiropractic works on both high impact (i.e. football) and low impact (i.e. golf) athletes to help restore their bodies to their highest form of performance. And to make it even better it is completely natural and safe. What separates Chiropractic from other forms of treatment is that Chiropractors focus on the entire health and wellness of the body, not just the injured area. This helps athletes’ bodies to function at it’s most effective state and maximize healing and recovery from all types of injuries.

Chiropractic works by relieving your body of uncomfortable irritants, i.e. subluxations, that can cause strain on a particular area, not to mention relieve pain from that subluxation, in your body. It also works by reducing irritation of nerve roots between vertebrae (which helps with minor injuries). Chiropractors make sure your body is in proper alignment so that it functions at its peak. Proper alignment helps your nervous system communicate with the rest of your body allowing your body to perform at it’s best with no pain or complications. A proper bio mechanical structure allows athletes to achieve and maintain their optimal level of performance safely and naturally.

Chiropractic also helps with previous injuries including; headaches, shoulder, neck, lower back, shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist, mid-upper back, and foot pain/injuries. And there are several different adjusting techniques that help with sports related injuries/pain. Such techniques include; active release technique (where massage and stretching are incorporated with movement of the effected area with a range of motion), functional dry needling (deep trigger points are focused to release tension through stimulation), and electric stim (release tension towards the surface of the muscle using contraction caused by electricity).

There are many things athletes can do in order to prevent future injuries including drinking enough water, maintain a healthy diet (avoidance of sugar and processed foods), practice correct posture, stretch, wear proper pads, guards, and injury preventing equipment, take vitamins daily, get plenty of rest, and warm up properly.

“Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience.” – Dr. Timothy Ray. This statement particularly applies to children, without the proper care and preparation something that is for fun and enjoyment can turn into something that is painful, frustrating, and hurtful.

It’s important for ALL of us to take proper care of our bodies health and well being. In order for our bodies to function at it’s peak we must eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, drink enough water, and visit our Chiropractor.

Neuropathy and Chiropractic

According to the Neuropathy Association it is estimated that over 20 million people have some form of Neuropathy i the United States. That means that for every 15 people at least one person is affected by some form of Neuropathy.

Neuropathy is defined as changes in the pathology of the nerves, it is a debilitating form of chronic pain that results from peripheral or central nervous system damage. There are three broad types of Neuropathy: sensory/peripheral, autonomic, and motor Neuropathy.

The first form of Neuropathy, Sensory/Peripheral Neuropathy, affects the nerves that carry information  to the brain about sensations from various parts of the body. This is the most common form of diabetic Neuropahty. This form of Neuropathy can lead to pain, numbness, or tingling, and possibly an inability to feel heat cold, or pain in affected areas.

The second form of Neuropathy, Autonomic Neuropathy, affects the nerves that control involuntary activities of the body, such as, your stomach, your intestine, your bladder, etc. This type of neruopathy can lead to bladder neruopathy, diabetic diarrhea, or bloated stomach.

The last form of Neuropathy, Motor Neuropathy, which affects the nerves that carry signals to muscles which allow motions like walking, running, moving fingers, and turning your head. This type of Neuropathy can lead to muscle weakness.

Here are some various signs and symptoms of Neuropathy


  • Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands (which can spread to legs and arms)
  • Burning pain
  • Sharp jabbing or electric like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to tough (even the lightest of touch)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bowel or bladder problems

Common Causes:

  • Trauma or pressure on the nerve (spending a long time in an unnatural position)
  • Diabetes- half of all people with diabetes develop some type of Neuropathy
  • Vitamin deficiencies- B vitamins are particularly important to nerve health.
  • Alcoholism and poor dietary habits.
  • Autoimmune diseases (inherited disorders)
  • Exposure to poisons-heavy metals and certain medications.

There are many different forms of treatment for those who suffer from Neuropathy. Some treatments include;

  • Medications
  • Skin patches (for local temporary relief)
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Vitamin Therapy
  • Laser treatment
  • Surgery (for single nerve neuropathy to release the nerve)

Laser Therapy for Neuropathy:

Laser applied to an area with the Neuropathy has numeral benefits, it stimulates the mitochondria within the nerve cells and increases the respiratory rate of the individual cells, increases blood flow to the applied area which helps with inflammation, it prevents or reverses these biochemical processes that cause damage (or pain) the the area affected, and increase in circulation (which helps to remove pressure in the nerve cell.




Infertility and Chiropractic

Our bodies are amazing things, they are able to accomplish some of the greatest things, including the ability to create life. Unfortunately there are some circumstances in which creating life is difficult or impossible. According to Center of Disease Control more than 6 million woman in the United States are infertile. Infertility can be a very emotionally and physically damaging time in ones life. There are various forms of treatment that are able to help with infertility including; IVF, medications, injections, and surgery. There is also another option that is a safe, natural, and economical approach to infertility, CHIROPRACTIC.


There are many reasons why one might be having trouble getting pregnant, some of them include; poor nutrition, high stress, poor lifestyle habits, hormonal changes, damage to the Fallopian Tubes, or improper nervous system (American Pregnancy Associate).

Creating life, much like everything else in your body is accomplished by your very own nervous system. The nervous system is the communicator of the body, and while trying to create life the process is communicated and controlled by your nervous system. Your reproductive organs are under the direct control of your nervous system (which also controls your brain in spinal cord).  So when your body has an improper nervous system it can remove the communication that is needed to help your body conceive. Your nervous system can’t achieve proper communication if their are subluxations or misalignments. “Keeping the spine properly aligned, clearing the nervous system of excessive interface and counselling patients in nutrition, exercise, and changes to lifestyle make a Chiropractor one of your best options to help your body function in harmony with the way it was designed,” (American Pregnancy Association).

These subluxations can block communication to your reproductive organs, and can cause a lack of movement of the joints, hips, and spine.

Chiropractic care can help your nervous system communicate properly with the rest of your body, eliminating subluxations, balance out hormones, and change the way our body reacts to certain stressors. It’s a healthy, natural way to help with infertility and promote overall wellness.

If you have any questions and infertility and what Chiropractic can do for you feel free to call our office at 801-475-6800 or check out our website at

Massage for Mom

It’s that wonderful time of year, time to celebrate all the amazing mothers that are in our life. And what better way to spoil mom this year than with 3 hours worth of massage. With saving of over $80 is also saves money. The best part is that you can break up the 3 hours any way you’d like, it doesn’t have to be an hour 3 times you could do 6 half hour massages, etc.

That “popping” sound

So you come to see the Chiropractor, you’ve been putting up with that stubborn low back pain for a few weeks. As soon as the Dr. comes in and starts preforming your adjustment all of a sudden you hear this little “pop” or “crack.” Yikes, you think, what was that? Did he/she break my bones? You would be surprised how often we get asked in our office whether that crack you heard was a good or bad thing. Some people say that its a bad thing, that it’s your bones weakening or even breaking. Others say it’s a good thing, that unless you get that sound you didn’t have a good adjustment. Both are totally false. That cracking sound isn’t a sign of how well you adjustment went, nor it is your bones being broken.

That cracking or popping sound you hear during your adjustment is the release of a gas bubble between the joints. The joints in your body have fluid in them which lubricates and supplies nutrients to the joints and other parts of your body.  When pressure on the same being treated (or an adjustment being preformed)  is increased it makes that popping sound (much like when you open a can of soda pop). The air-tight, and fluid filled joint is separated the gas is released creating that popping sound. The sound you hear is no indication of a successful adjustment, many adjustments are successful with the absence of that noise.

some information in this blog post is found on the ACA website as well as proactivewc website

Massage Certificates

Are you looking for the perfect gift idea? Well look no further! We offer a wide variety of massage gift certificates that will fit within any budget. Our massage therapists offer a variety of massages and techniques to fit any taste.  Stop by our front desk or give our office a call for any additional information to to purchase a gift certificate! Give the gift of happiness to that special person in your life.  801.475.6800.

What You Need To Know About Whiplash

Did you know that whiplash affects 83% of those involved in auto collisions and is a common cause of chronic disability? Whiplash is defined as: bony or soft tissue injuries resulting from rear-ended or side impacted, as a result of an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck (Nickelston, 2011).

Whiplash may occur as a result of hyperextension (excessive backward bending) of the neck in relation to a hyperflexion (excessive forward bending), which produces a force of impact through out the body.

Are you currently recovering from whiplash? Here are a few key action steps to take.

1. Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor to get information ont eh severity of your condition, as well as treatment options. Here at Health For Life, Dr. Stanbridge might suggest doing the following:

2. At least for 2-3 weeks avoid activities that bring on or worsen your pain and stiffness.

3. Don’t lift or carry anything heavy.

4. Don’t sit for long periods of time.

5. Re-frame from participating in vigorous sporting activities for a while, and opt for short walks instead to stay active.


Nickelston, P.D. (2011, April). What to do about whiplash. To Your Health, 23-26



Fibromyalgia is defined as a chronic condition with widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Fatigue and multiple “tender points” (places on the body where slight pressure can cause pain) are also common symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

While the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, a theory currently suggests that Fibromyalgia is caused by “central sensitization.” This theory states that people with Fibromyalgia have a lower threshold of pain because of increased sensitivity from the part of the brain that processes pain signals. It is believed that repeated nerve stimulation causes an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signals pain. The brain’s pain receptors receive signals from the neurotransmitters, develop a memory of the pain, and become more sensitive (can overreact) to pain signals. This explains why pressure on a spot of the body that wouldn’t hurt someone without Fibromyalgia can be very painful for somebody who does.

Some of the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:

1.  Widespread pain: Areas of pain can include back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. Pain is caused by pressure applied to those certain areas.

2. Fatigue and sleep disturbances: Even though they may receive plenty of sleep, people with Fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed. Some studies have suggested that this tiredness can be a cause of a sleep disorder called Alpha Wave Interrupted Sleep Pattern (a condition in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity).

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: IBS is a common symptom in people with Fibromyalgia. Symptoms of IBS include; constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating.

4. Headaches and facial pain: Headaches and facial pain in Fibromyalia patients is often due to tenderness or stiffness in their neck and shoulders.

5. Heightened sensitivity: it is common to be sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights, and tough.

How does Laser Therapy help with Fibromyalgia:

When our class 4 laser is applied to the select areas affected by Fibroymyalgia (the tender points) the proton energy emitted will speed up cell growth. This growth stimulates and promotes healing in painful/damaged tissue. Laser treatment excites the blood and lymph circulation as well as recover/improve nerve function in these areas. Leaser therapy is used to treat many different types of chronic or acute pain, especially arthritis, stress problems and soft tissue injuries.

Top Questions Asked About Chiropractic

The following are some of the top questions we are asked in our office as well as the response to some of those questions.

1. Q: What conditions do you treat?

A: Chiropractors treat a variety of different health conditions including; injuries/disorders of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, and joints). Other conditions include; headaches, whiplash (and other symptoms of an auto accident), pain during pregnancy, improve overall health, reduce allergies, help with sciatica, help with asthma, low back pain, neck pain, prevent surgery (for pain).

2. Q: Is Chiropractic treatment safe?

A: Absolutely! Chiropractic is one of the safes, drug/surgery free, non-invasive type of treatments available today!

3. Q: Is Chiropractic treatments ok for children?

A: Chiropractic is safe for EVERYBODY, in fact treatment can begin as soon as right after birth (newborn). Children are very active in their day to day living, whether it be participating in sporting events s or merely the falls and spills they take. Chiropractic care can help with any pain, soreness, stiffness, or discomfort that they might experience during said events.

4. Q: Do insurance plans cover Chiropractic?

A: It mostly depends on the type of plan/insurance provider that you currently have. Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance carriers and plans, including Medicare/Medicaid. When you visit Health For Life, we can call and verify your insurance coverage for you! Don’t have insurance? That’s ok! We offer a variety of payment plan options to help you achieve the care you need that will fit within your budget.

5. Q: How is a Chiropractic adjustment preformed?

A: A Chiropractor typically uses his/her hands or an instrument to manipulate (adjust) the spine and various other joints of the body. They do this in order to restore/enhance joint function and reduce pain in the patient.

6. Q: What type of training/education do Chiropractors have?

A: Chiropractors go through vigorous education/training courses that included pre-med undergraduate degrees, 4-5 years study at an accredited Chiropractic College, clinical hours, and even post graduation education courses.  It is estimated that Chiropractors spend over 4,300 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical study.

Food Drive Has Started!

Today is the first day of the Health For Life food drive! Yay!! Starting today if you bring in a canned food/non-perishable food item we will waive one copay or give you 50% off a self pay price! Our food drive will go until December 23. Call our office to set up your appointment, 801.475.6800