Thursday, January 11, 2018

How to Reduce Stress in the New Year

Bottom Line: Are you overwhelmed by stress? Well, you're not alone. Studies show over 54% of people are concerned with the amount of stress in their daily life. Many of us carry this stress in our shoulders and neck. Muscle tension in our shoulders can contribute to headaches, neck and back pain.  Chronic stress can lower your energy levels resulting in irritability, illness, and even depression. But, there is good news! A few simple changes to your daily routine can help you dramatically decrease your stress level, boost your energy, and ultimately live a healthier and happier life. Keep reading to learn how.

Why it Matters: One of the best ways you can increase your energy levels and reduce stress is with motion! Our bodies are built to move. Improving spinal motion, or segmental motion is one the ways that chiropractic adjustments help you move and feel better. Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce muscle tension in the shoulders, helping reduce pain, improve range of motion, and decrease stress!

“...cervical muscle tension was significantly reduced bilaterally after (an adjustment).”

“...we observed metabolic changes in the brain and skeletal muscles, as well as reductions in subjective pain, muscle tension… (after a chiropractic adjustment)”

Next Steps: If you know someone who gets sick around the holidays it is likely due to stress. Show them you care and share this research with them. These simple tips for reducing stress will help them have a happier and healthier holiday season!  

Science Source:
Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2017. Article ID 4345703
Central Motor Excitability Changes After Spinal Manipulation: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Volume 25. Number 1. January 2002
Stress in America Survey. American Psychological Association. 2010

Friday, January 5, 2018

A New Years Resolution: Feel More Energized!

Bottom Line: The best way to feel more energized? Stay active! Top research journals have shown that moderate exercise can increase your energy. A simple 10-15 minute walk can get your blood pumping and increase the oxygen coming into your body, helping you feel more energized and maybe even helping you shed a few extra pounds.

Why it Matters: Moderate exercise can help you feel energized by releasing endorphins, which make you feel happier, while contributing to a better quality of sleep. Additionally, exercise helps train the heart to work more efficiently. Ultimately, your immune system will also function better with consistent exercise. In other words, exercise can not only help you feel more energized, but it can reduce your likelihood of getting sick. And combining a moderate exercise routine with chiropractic care may be one of the best ways to stay healthy and energized all year long.

  • Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel more energized and happier
  • A simple 10-15 minute walk per day can improve your energy level by over 20%
  • Regular exercise can help you sleep better and reduce your risk of getting sick

Next Steps: Start with a simple calendar. Schedule at least three days per week that you can take a 10-15 minute walk. By putting the activity on your schedule, it's more likely that you will follow through. Also, ask us about how chiropractic care may be able to keep you pain-free and on track with your exercise goals. We want to partner with you to make this year your healthiest and happiest year ever!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sports Injuries

Being active is a necessity if we want to stay healthy, but sometimes a healthy lifestyle comes with a price. With physical activity comes the risk of sports injuries, the most common being: sprains and strains, swollen muscles, fractures, and/or dislocations. Some sports injuries could result from accidents, while others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, or lack of conditioning. Whatever the case, Dr's Andy Paull & Megan Scheurell at Paull Chiropractic At Rivers Edge can develop an individualized treatment plan to get you back on track and back on the field.

Whether an injury is acute or chronic, you should never “play through the pain.” If you get hurt, you should always practice the RICE method first. RICE stands for “rest, ice, compression, and elevation.” This method has the ability to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed up the healing process, but remember that it may be a temporary solution to a deeper problem. If you develop a symptom that hinders your athletic performance, you should visit us immediately for an evaluation. Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury and may include a combination of physical therapy, strengthening exercises, and bracing.

If you’ve recently suffered a sports injury and think you may benefit from chiropractic care, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr's Andy Paull & Megan Scheurell at Paull Chiropractic At Rivers Edge in Janesville, WI, call 608-754-8977.