Grand Opening Open House

Please stop by and celebrate with us! We are very excited that this day is almost here. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:00PM followed by food, door prizes and free screenings.

Please bring a friend to help us with our mission of changing the health of our community one family at a time.

Any questions? Feel free to ask on our Facebook page or call. @ 262-764-9301.

Stress 2.0

Well, I hope you had a good week putting at least one of those tips into practice. Let’s get to the next 5!

#5 Learn to breathe and stretch.  Try a stretching, yoga or tai chi.

We can get into a pattern of shallow breathing.  When we do this we may be short changing ourselves of oxygen.  Oxygen is our primary source of energy. Taking breathing breaks, especially when feeling tense, can help your body on many levels. Try this. Take a deep breath in, hold for 5 seconds and break out slowly until your lungs feel empty.  Ready and go… in and out slow and repeat.  Do you feel different?  Can you feel your muscles relax as you do this.  It seems so basic and simple, because it is.  It doesn’t cost us anything to take a deep breath. The great thing about yoga, tai chi or pilates is that it is a gentle way to stretch, build muscle and it has a huge focus on breathing.  You can also do this while stretching.

#4 Set personal and professional goals that you would like to accomplish and read your list first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night.

Sometimes the day to day routine can feel mundane.  Having goals can help you look at the bigger picture.  As you accomplish those goals, it gives a sense of satisfaction.  You can celebrate the progress.  Break the goals into smaller attainable steps.  I think this is especially important for moms who do not work outside of the home.  I have heard some moms say that one of the hard things about being home full time is that you don’t have a boss telling you you are doing a good job.  When you are working there are awards and reviews where you get positive feed back.  Unfortunately, our kids don’t have quarterly reviews with us and give us achievement awards.  You may go a while before someone tells you “you are a good mom.” There are many rewards to being with your kids full time and having goals can offer another form of positive reinforcement.  As you review your goals, you can feel accomplishment in the mundane. I also think this is good for the moms who are empty- nesters or retired.  There can be an emptiness that comes along that.  Having new goals can help you to continue to grow and give purpose to this season of life.  There is so much to offer and achieve during those years of your life as well. I am a huge fan of setting goals and writing them down.  This can help manage the daily stresses by giving a bigger picture.

#3 Improve quality time at home.

I recently read in 2 different articles that successful people make it home for dinner.  This needs to be a priority for everyone.  If you are too busy to be home for dinner, then you need to cut back on something and do less. As a culture, we have a mentality that we need to constantly do more.  I can be guilty of that as well.  I am here to tell you that we need to do less. Especially with our kids.  Sometimes their schedules can be busier than ours.  Kids need free time to explore, play and rest.

We love to end our week with a family movie night.  It is nice to slow down, kick back and enjoy a movie or a game together.  There was a time that stands out in my mind from 2 summers ago.  My stress level was higher than normal, as we was in the early months of opening our new clinic.  We had planned to go to Monkey Joe’s but one of the kids wasn’t feeling 100% so we didn’t want to risk spending the money to get in and then have to leave shortly after.  So we decided to go to Pet’s Park and hike.  We had such a nice time going on the trails at spending time together.  Half way through our hike, my oldest said “this is even better than Monkey Joe’s”  It was a win-win.  We didn’t spend any money and it was better quality time together as a family.  Then on the fly, we started playing we were going on a bear hunt, one of our kids favorite books.  We left the park and went to an ice cream place where they can choose their mix ins.  We let them all get gummy bears, so we finally found the bear from our bear hunt.  I remember feeling so refreshed and relaxed after that time together with my family.  I needed it more than I realized during that season of stress.

It is so easy to get sucked into constant technology.  Our phones are loaded with resources and information.  You could spend all day looking at it without even realizing.  Our kids have so much access to technology as well.  While there are many benefits to what this has to offer, it can come at a cost.  I think it is a great idea to have a day or time when you “unplug” and use no electronics.  Enjoy a long conversation face-to-face or get outside.  It can be so refreshing to have time without electronics.

#2 Make sleep a priority. 

This is essential!  Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  This requires some discipline.  Set a bed time for yourself, based off the time you need to wake up, and stick to it. You can handle stressors so much better when you have had a full night of rest. When you are tired, your ability to deal with stress goes down.

I know some women struggle with falling asleep and/or staying asleep. This can be a complete talk alone.  There are many things to look at to evaluate to sleep better.  A great place to start is to cut out caffeine completely, and see how you do with that.  If you continue to have trouble sleeping, talk with your health provider to look at other options to help with sleep. 

#1 Take care of your nervous system.

This is done with chiropractic care.  You nervous system in the power house in your body, controlling every other function your body does.  It is essential to have it working at 100% so your body to deal with the stress as it comes day in and day out.  I can not tell you how many times people tell me how they feel less anxiety when they are under regular chiropractic care.  Your nervous system is supported through chiropractic care because all the nerves that pass through the vertebrae.  If your spine is misaligned, this puts pressure on the nerves in that area.  Your nerves work like a garden hose.  If there is pressure on the nerves, there is not as much flow going through the nerves.  When you get a chiropractic adjustment it aligns the spine which relieves pressure on the nerves.

When you get adjusted, it give a boost to your immune system.  When you are under stress, your immune system can be compromised.  When I was in chiropractic school, it never failed that I would get sick the week of finals or the week after.  I am sure you can see other situations when you end up sick after a stressful time.  Getting adjusted can help your immune system fight against the effect of the stress.  If you still do get sick, it can help shorten your recovery time.

There is a hormone response when we are under stress.  As I said, the nervous system controls all other systems in your body and getting adjusted can help your regulate hormones.

 The number 1 area where stress settles into in the neck and shoulders.  Getting adjusted can help alleviate the tension that builds in those areas. One of the most memorial testimonials I ever heard about chiropractic was from a little boy whose mother started chiropractic care.  When asked what he liked about his mom getting care, he said “my mom doesn’t yell at me as much since she started seeing a chiropractor.”

When we are stressed and in pain it is easy to take that out on our family and those closest to us.  We need to do our best to manage our stress so we can give our best to our family and those we love.

I hope you all got something you can use to manage your stress out of these last 2 blogs. Have a happy and stress-less holiday season!

Stress

Stress is part of life. There are many components that are out of our control BUT there are many things that you can control to make stress manageable.  I love this topic because it helps to remind me of the things I can do to minimize my stress & feel stress free. I am not perfect at all of these things but do my best to incorporate them into my daily or weekly routines. Although I have 4 kids, a busy practice & many different demands, I have found when I put these tips into practice, life is enjoyable & stress is managed. I hope you find these next 5 tips helpful & will be able to implement them into your life. (The next 5 will come in the next blog)

#10 Find 20 minutes for yourself every day.
Each day is 24 hours. There is nothing we can do to change that. I’ve had days where I wished I had 4 more hours or one more day to the weekend. No matter what there will always be 24 hours in a day. We get to choose what we do with each 24 hours we are given. If we think about in terms of dollars, it’s like each day we are given $24 dollars. For me each day is different & we each have different breakdowns of what our day looks like. Let’s say for example, We spend $7-8 sleeping, another $7 at work, maybe $3 preparing meals & eating, $1 driving, and so on. At the end of putting in the time for the necessities, there isn’t a lot let over but there IS time left over. How will you use that time? 24 hours is 1,440 minutes so to take 20 of that to refresh yourself is 1.4% of the day. 1.4%! Less than 2% for yourself so you can have more to offer to your family & whatever demands you have for the day. I know some moms feel selfish or are afraid the world might fall apart if they step away for less than 2% of the day. I’m here to tell you moms that you can do this. You need to do this. It will help you to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend and whatever hats you might wear.
Now what should you do with this 20 minutes? Whatever refreshes you. To one person it might be to exercise, another it might be to read a book, maybe 20 minutes of silence & doing nothing. I want you to think about what refreshes you the most & try to incorporate that into your daily routine. For me, I enjoy spending that time taking a bath (I throw in some Epsom salt & accomplish some detoxing while I’m relaxing- multitasking!) reading a book or going for a walk. I have started doing these things more regularly that even my husband can recognize how helpful they are for me. When I am started to get stressed he will encourage me to do one of these 3 things. I know some women who do not enjoy a bath whatsoever. That’s okay, it just needs to be something that after you’ve spent 20 or more minutes doing it you feel refreshed.
#9 Organize your menu during the week for healthy meals, prep on Sunday for the week ahead and include your family.
This step is important on so many levels. Later we will talk about the importance of having a family meal together. This step helps you make sure that happens. Also, when we’re eating healthy we are giving our bodies better fuel to get through the busy days & weeks. It’s like giving your car the best quality gasoline for better performance. How many of you had felt that panic at 4:00 from not knowing what to make your family for dinner? That’s stressful! By doing this step, you can completely cut that stressor out of your life. How many of you have to fight your kids to eat the dinner you prepared? While, I can’t promise you can eliminate that stressor completely, getting the kids involved in the menu planning can help ensure there are a couple meals they will eat willingly. You might be surprised what they pick for their choices. It can also help with the mental block of what should I make for dinner but you are doing it days in advance. Kids like repetition, so don’t be afraid to make the same healthy meal frequently. Once you’ve found something healthy they eat well, make it often. You’ll have the recipe memorized quickly, which will make meal prep a synch. My weeks always go much better when I’ve done the meal prep and planning on Sunday, or sometime during the weekend. The weeks do not always go according to plan but it is much easier to move a meal to a different day than to come up with meal on the fly.
#8 Use music in your home, car or during breaks to set or change the mood.
Technology has made this so easy to do. There are so many different ways to access music. The trick to this is to recognize what kind of mood you want the music to encourage. Do you need quiet & slow to bring things down from a busy day or do you need something fast & upbeat to boost your energy? Let music help you accomplish the mood that needs to be set.
 
#7 Avoid negative thinking.
Studies have shown that staying positive is good for your general well being. Get in the habit of gratitude. No matter what, there is always something we can be grateful for & the more we focus on that, the better our outlook becomes.
A good or bad attitude can take any situation & either give it a boost or drag it down. It can also be encouraging to others when you have a good attitude during hard times. Dr. Caroline Leaf, a neurologist says  “We have to develop disciplined thought lives and part of this is increasing our awareness of what we are allowing into our minds.” Our
tendency is to think negatively, especially towards ourselves. We can become unaware of the many negative things we say to ourselves, about ourselves and our situation.It all starts with awareness and then becoming disciplined to change you thought pattern. We might still have bad days. Days when you feel discouraged and disappointed. That’s okay. The main thing is to not stay there. Don’t let this become your normal. When we look for things to be thankful for and the positive things in our life, they become our focus and our attitude improves. This is huge in managing stress.
#6 Motion is Life – take time to move your body in exercise 20 minutes a day (walking, rebounding, dancing).
You may choose to do this as the time you take for yourself. Only if that refreshes you. If it does, you can accomplish 2 things at once. If you do not particularly enjoy exercise, look for things you do enjoy that involve movement. It doesn’t have to be the traditional things we think of with exercise. Incorporate your kids with this, if that helps. Kids have motion mastered. At least for my 4 kids, there is no shortage of energy or movement. You can just go outside and play with them for 20 minutes. This will improve the quality time with you family, which it tip #3 for managing stress, we will discuss that in the next blog. Go for a walk or a hike. We like to have dance parties at home, with the kids. There are lots of ways to move. Especially if you work a job that requires you to sit all day, motion will help counter act the damage of sitting and is much more of a necessity. Motion truly is life and will help you manage you stress better. It is a great stress reliever.
Stay tuned to Facebook next week for my remaining 5 tips! Start implementing these this week and in next week’s post tell me how you delt with stesss this week!

 

Nadrowski Family

We first started out coming to Dr. Davis for our 3 year old daughter who wouldn’t turn her head to the right side and she wasn’t able to look up. It happened from one moment to the other and she was really in pain. Even after her first appointment I could notice a change. However, she was still very cautious because of the pain she was experiencing before. After her 3rd appointment I couldn’t see any restrictions on her movement. She was able to look over both shoulders equally and looking upward was also possible without problems or pain. I think her flexibility was seriously better than before; it was and still is so impressive! Because of Dr. Davis’ excellent care and competence I decided to bring my other kids (ages 7 and 9) that had problems in the past and she could help each one of them. The kids LOVE to go to their appointments. The treatment was at no time painful or stressful for the kids. The opposite was the case: they enjoyed it and it brought them always relief, stability, and better movement.

Improvements for all three:
3-year old – complete restoration in flexibility and movement
7- year old – increased attention span and concentration, less headaches
9-year old – no headaches anymore, better sleep

Unfortunately, we are “short-term” patients because we are moving out of state. Dr. Davis and Sozo Chiropractic will be greatly missed and we really regret that she won’t be available for the next time we need her. I can recommend Dr. Davis highly! If you ever thought to see a chiropractor or you are in need of treatment don’t hesitate and book your first appointment. You won’t regret it!

Know your Why

“When you know your why, you can endure any how” – Victor Frankel

why

 

Why do you try to eat healthy?  Why do you exercise?  For the expectant mom who wants a natural childbirth, why?  Why breastfeed?

I think “why” is an important question to ask yourself as you make decisions on your health journey.  Once you understand the “why” behind a decision, it is easier to own the choice and follow through with it.  We find our motivation for the tough moments through owning why we want to do something.  A challenging moment is worth working through because you know why you are doing it.  You can see the bigger picture.

When I talk with mom’s who are planning to breastfeed, I will often spend more time talking with them about why they want to do it rather than how to do it.  I believe that if you can really own why you want to breastfeed you will find a solution to any challenge you might face as you learn how to breastfeed.  It helps you determine how committed you are to doing it.

As I was preparing for the birth of my first child, I was like any other first time mom, unsure of what to expect.  I knew about the birthing process but had never experienced it myself. There are so many different things that could happen. How do you possible prepare for them all? How do you create a birth plan that would include all the different scenarios?  I decided I needed to start with why I wanted a natural childbirth.  Once I had those reasons listed out, it was easy to move forward with the plan.  I held my birth plan with an open hand so I could be open to whatever changes may come, which is what I advise any mom to do as she prepares for birth.  I truly believe that identifying my motivation for my desired labor helped me to be committed to it and achieve it.

These are just 2 examples from my personal experience but this can be applied to any decision or change you are trying to make.  It may be a career change, losing weight, or eating healthier.  Find out your motivation, your “why”, and let that lead you to achieving your goal.

Live life to the fullest.

Exciting times for chiropractic

It is such an exciting time for chiropractic & changes are about to happen in the health of our country. I can hardly contain my excitement! Last night I was reading through more of the details of the Gallup-Palmer report. I knew the results came out in the fall of 2015 & it looked promising for the growth of our profession. The last time a poll like this was done, it showed that about 8% of the population utilized chiropractic care. Now that poll shows 14% of the population have used a chiropractor in the last 12 months! It has almost doubled.  The mission of Sozo Chiropractic is to change the health of our community, one family at a time.  When I look at these numbers I see many possibilities.

 If we were to look at things from a pain management perspective only, this is huge.  Addiction to pain medications is a growing problem.  As the use of these addictive drugs increases so does the availability and access to them for other family members.  It is sad to see that teenagers can simply go into the medicine cabinet at home and easily have access to dangerous and addictive drugs.  I truly believe if more people utilized chiropractic care to manage their pain, we would see changes in the number of prescription drug addictions.

The number of surgeries could also be reduced as more people see a chiropractor.  I am not opposed to surgery.  I have had to go through 2 surgeries, which allowed me to continue to use my left arm.  I am thankful for the technology and skilled doctors who are able to perform these procedures.  However, if it can be avoided, that individual is also avoiding the risks and complications which could result from surgery.  What I love about chiropractic is how it allows the body to heal and therefore the need for surgery is gone.

Now if we were to begin to look at the health cost savings this would create!  Chiropractic care is drastically less expensive than the other alternatives.  If more people use chiropractors, we could see some improvement in the crisis we are facing with health care expenses.

My dream is to one day see the Gallup-Palmer poll show 80% of the population using chiropractic.  I know the health of our community would be different and for the better.  I have no doubt about that!

You can view the report at www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(15)00124-4/abstract

Be healthy and well.

Heart of Thanksgiving

I wish we were more intentional about being thankful like we are during the month of November but that is the reason I love Thanksgiving so much. I love the simplicity of the holiday. It is about family, food and thanksgiving. I find myself thinking more about what I am thankful for. I am talking with my kids more about what they are thankful for.

So in the heart of thanksgiving, I want to spend some time reflecting on being thankful for chiropractic.

I am blessed to be called to this profession. Being a chiropractor is not a job, it is my life. My health and my family’s health has be been greatly impacted through chiropractic care. I have been under care since I was a baby and for that I am thankful. I didn’t realize how unique and special this was until I was an adult, but I am thankful for it now. It was out of that realization of how beneficial lifetime chiropractic care was that I decided to become a chiropractor so I could provide the same thing for my kids. Throughout my pregnancies, I experienced so much relief with getting adjusted. I was also able to have natural and uncomplicated deliveries. I know that is a result of the chiropractic care I received during my pregnancies. My babies all slept through the night early and have not needed to go on antibiotics yet.

Two years ago, I had an experience which made me realize how ingrained my desire to help others truly was. We were involved in a roll over accident and my arm went through the window causing it to be severely injured. My first thoughts were of Zach, my husband, and 4 children who were with me. I held my breath as Zach woke up and then went on to check on the kids. I was so relieved when I knew they were all alive and okay. My next thought was what I would do if I lost my arm. Thankfully, I have been able to make a full recovery even after needing a second surgery this year. Going through that situation confirmed that being a chiropractor is not just my job, it is a deep part of who I am.

I am thankful for having the ability to offer families healing and hope through a safe and natural chiropractic adjustment. When I see patients for follow up visits and they begin to tell me all the great things they have experienced since their last adjustment, I still stand back in awe. I have so many moments throughout my day where I say “Isn’t chiropractic so cool?!” The possibilities of what the body can do when there is a nervous system free from interference is just incredible.

I am thankful for the blessing and challenge of educating people about chiropractic. There are still so many people who do not know what chiropractic is, what it is helpful for and who should go the chiropractor. It is part of my mission to educate people about all of these things. I love it when someone says “I didn’t know babies could go to the chiropractor” because, now they know. I love it when someone says “I didn’t know chiropractic could help with ear infections” because, now they know. You see, when people know more, they can do more. The challenging part is that chiropractic is a very different approach to traditional medicine. I love the challenge though. It is so fun to watch someone have the light bulb moment and understand what chiropractic is.

I am thankful for the families I have had the privilege to work with to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle. It is so much fun and brings so much joy to my life.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.  Be healthy and well.

Eric S.

I began chiropractic care at Sozo Chiropractic because of back and neck pain, as well as headaches. After about 3 weeks I started to see results and am feeling better. I am able to stand straight and have more overall energy. My headaches and back pain are gone! Chiropractic care is great for my health. Maintenance care is key.

Laura O.

After a car accident about a year ago I started treatments for my daughter and I right away. We both saw results within a couple of visits! I had a lot of pain with tight muscles. I am now generally pain free. Dr. Davis is so amazing! We look forward to our visits.

Emma B.

I began chiropractic care because of my horrible posture and shoulder pain. I began feeling pain in my shoulder since the beginning of 6th grade because of the loads of homework I get. Since starting chiropractic care I feel relief! I feel happier! My posture has improved slightly since starting my care at Sozo Chiropractic also.

Alicia J.

I have had back pain on and off since my son’s birth 12 years ago.  I started care at Sozo Chiropractic after my back went out lifting a case of water at the grocery store.  I felt better after the 1st adjustment and was 100% in just 3 months! I have had only one minor incident of pain in the past 2 years, since I started care, and was back to 100% after one adjustment.