Orem Chiropractor Discusses 5 Secrets To The Perfect Nap

Last week we talked about insomnia and sleep deprivation.
Today, Orem chiropractor discusses 5 secrets to the perfect nap.Orem Sleep Professional Ends Insomnia

I should point out that these tips are not my own. They are from  Daniel Pink and his book When.

Tip 1: Find Your Afternoon Low Point. The best time for a nap is generally about 7 hours after waking (to be more precise, note
your afternoon mood and energy levels for a week to find your optimal nap time).

Sleep deprivation is a real thing and it’s deadly. If you’re not getting seven hours a night you better start taking naps.

Tip 2: Turn off your phone notifications. If you’ve got a door, close it. If you’ve got a couch, use it.

There’s plenty of science to back up the fact that our phones mess up our sleep. Don’t use it to “try and go to sleep.”It won’t work. Digital media winds your brain up.

Tip 3: Down a cup of coffee. Yes, you read that right. The most efficient nap is the “nappuccino”. Caffeine takes about
25 minutes to engage in your bloodstream, so drink up right before you lie down.

Personally, I’m not a coffee drinker, but a non sweetned caffeine beverage would do the same. It takes time for the caffeine to take affect and when it does, it time for you to get up.

Tip 4: Set a timer for 25 minutes. Naps between 10 and 20 minutes measurably boost alertness and mental function without
leaving you sleepier than before. When you wake up, the caffeine is beginning to kick in.

Tip 5: Repeat consistently. There’s evidence that habitual nappers get more from their naps than infrequent nappers, so if you have the flexibility, make an afternoon nap a regular ritual.

Especially if you’re not getting the seven plus hours at night.

Try these out and tell me what you think.

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Orem Sleep Professional Ends Insomnia

I’ll admit that only occasionally has someone come to see me because of sleep problems. Having said that, insomnia seems to be a symptom associated with many other challenges. Like, “Doc I’ve got Orem Sleep Professional Ends Insomniathis terrible nerve pain I’d like your help with and, oh yeah, I don’t sleep very good either.” Therefore, I’m an Orem sleep professional with a pretty good track record.

As simple as sleep seems to the average person it’s a highly complicated process that can be thrown off by a bunch of things.

We all have an internal clock that tells us when to be awake and when to sleep. Emotions, activity, pain, and diet are all things that can mess up this clock. Also, some people are just more prone to sleep problems.

So what do we do?

I classify sleep problems as either a problem falling asleep or a problem staying asleep.

Of course, the cause of your sleeplessness is a personal thing, but here are some tips to implement in your attempts to get a good night sleep.

Emotions seem to cause problems falling asleep. Whether it’s excitement or anger. In this case, getting these emotions out seems to have therapeutic value. If you can’t sleep because you’re emotional about something write about what you’re feeling, whether in a journal or just a scrap of paper. Write it out.

Our activity levels can influence our sleep as well, for good or bad.
Generally, higher activity levels are good, primarily because it seems to counteract the stress hormone cortisol.

As I mentioned earlier, I see a lot of people who complain about sleep problems secondary to back pain. When they move or roll over in bed they wake up. The treatment for this kind of insomnia is obvious, clear up the cause of the pain and you’ll sleep.

I’ve saved diet for the last because it may be the single most important thing you can do to influence your sleep.

Here’s what happens, we eat sweet or starchy foods less than two hours before bed which causes our blood sugar to be high at the time of sleep. As time goes by blood sugar goes down so the body needs to get energy out of storage.  How does your body do that? It uses adrenaline. What does adrenaline do to you? Wakes you up!

Also, sleep hormones, in fact, all hormones need “good” blood sugar for production. An up and down blood sugar prevents hormone production which then can result in bad sleep.

Here’s what you do. Right before bed eat a palm-size piece of protein and see if you don’t sleep better. If you notice that you do, your sleep problems are blood sugar related.

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Best Chiropractor in Orem Utah

As I was thinking about what I should write in this post, My thought was, “What do people care about the most?” In that moment I had the realization that most people are not going to care about some clinical insights.

People are looking for results from someone Best Chiropractor In Orem Utahwho will respect and care about them. They’re looking for the best chiropractor in Orem Utah.

And where do people turn to find such a professional? References from people they know or from people like them. They look at reviews and experiences of others.

Here’s what others have said about us:

Dr. Ned has been our family chiropractor for years. I can always count on feeling better after his visits. After a whip-lash accident on the freeway he cared for me so well I have had no recurring problems with it. My children have been given wonderful care as well. He’s kind, professional and uses painless methods to achieve great results. I highly recommend him for your care! Tanya R

Dr. Ned was fantastic in a number of ways. He worked well with my insurance, he did a thorough diagnosis (including x-rays, movement analysis, and more) to determine what all was going on, and he used a variety of methods to treat my back and neck problems. I left his office feeling lighter and lighter every time. When I started, I was in so much pain I couldn’t hold my baby or go grocery shopping for more than 5 minutes. In just a few months of visits he had me back up on my feet and back to my old fitness activities as well as playing with my kids and everything. I was very impressed with how professional, polite, and friendly he was while helping me work through all my pain. I would recommend his work to anyone! Shelley E

My name is Amanda. I came to Dr. Ned when I had ongoing pain and stiffness in my neck. It got so bad before I went to see him that I couldn’t turn my head to the left or look up. This made driving, sleeping, and normal daily activities extremely difficult to do. Within just a few visits with Dr. Ned I regained full mobility and the pain has since almost completely vanished. Dr. Ned is not only good at what he does, but he is one of the nicest and personable guys in the industry. Dr. Ned is the best! Amanda W

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Falling Risk Decreased By Orem Chiropractor

Every year 800,000 people aged 65 or older are hospitalized because of hip fractures and head injuries after falling.Falling Risk Decreased By Orem Chiropractor

Fortunately, falling risk decreased by Orem chiropractor.

Treating these falls is very costly. In fact, in 2015 the cost to Medicare was over thirty one billion dollars.

Unfortunately, the population of the United States is getting older. Because of this fact, the number of falls and the costs to treat falls will likely rise in the coming years.

Here are a few stats

  • Each year, millions of people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments because of falls.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a broken hip or head injury.
  • Fall injuries are among the 20 most expensive medical conditions.
  • The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000.
  • The costs of treating fall injuries go up with age.

Costs include fees for hospital and nursing home care, doctors and other professional services, rehabilitation, community-based services, use of medical equipment, prescription drugs, and insurance processing.

There are other costs these statistics don’t show. Like the cost of depending on others, lost time from work, inability to perform household duties and a reduced quality of life.

Sagittal balance is one thing that researchers have found to have a direct correlation with falling. Meaning those elderly adults who had the greatest discrepancy in their sagittal balance had a much greater risk of falls.

By correcting and maintaining your posture while younger helps prevent balance problems when older and thus falls.

The CDC site was the source for the above quoted stats.

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Autoimmune Diet In Orem Utah

If you have chronic pain you should consider adopting the
autoimmune diet in Orem Utah

Before I go into the details of the autoimmune diet, let me explain what an autoimmune condition is and how diet impacts the pain associated with it.

First, an autoimmune condition is a situation where the body’s own immune system turns against itself. A well known example is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. In this example, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland as though the gland were some sort of intruder in the body.

Maybe a better way of saying it is the immune system does not recognize what is self, so it attacks a certain tissue as though it were an intruder and to protect self the immune system goes after it.

What frequently happens is the person develops a leaky gut after some highly stressful event. Leaky gut is where gaps in the intestines develop. This allows food molecules to get out of the intestines. The immune system sees something (the food) that it normally doesn’t see which then triggers an immune response.

Blood tests can be done to diagnose autoimmune conditions, unfortunately, they aren’t very reliable because they only test for one type of antibody when there are five types produced.

So here it is:

Autoimmune Diet
2 Rules
1. Don’t eat things you shouldn’t
2. Don’t get hungry

Foods to eat and not eat
1. No grains of any kind
2. No dairy of any kind
3. No soy of any kind
4. No nuts of any kind
5. No beans of any kind
6. No seeds of any kind
7. No eggs
8. No nightshade plants. Nightshades = tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers, mushrooms
9. No mangos, pineapple, bananas, or melons of any kind

1. Eat beef, chicken, turkey, pork, fish, seafood
2. Eat any vegetable, except those listed above
3. Eat oranges, grapes, grapefruit, berries, apples

After 30 days reintroduce foods one at a time, every three days.

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Tattoos In Orem Utah Could Give You Cancer

Tattoos. Body art. Ink. Tattoos In Orem Utah Could Give You Cancer

At one time tattoos were an outward sign of rebellion against culture, society, parents, teachers, whomever.

It seems like at some point during the mid-nineties that tattoos became art. So instead of rebellion, they became about self-expression.

I think we are all born with that desire to express ourselves in something creative or artistic.

With that in mind, let me share some recent science on tattoos. My sharing of this does NOT imply I’m against people who choose to get tattoos or that I think less of them. It’s simply to share some data, so if you’re considering getting a tattoo or more tattoos you can make informed choices.

Tattoos in Orem Utah could give you cancer, new research suggests.

Chemicals in tattoo ink travel in the bloodstream and accumulate in the lymph nodes, which may cause them to become swollen and therefore hinder their ability to fight infections, a study found for the first time.

Researchers said, “No one checks the chemical composition of the colors, but our study shows that maybe they should.”

The researchers used powerful X-rays to identify titanium dioxide and heavy metals present in tattooed skin and lymph node tissue samples.

Although particles of varying sizes are found in the skin, only highly microscopic titanium dioxide fragments are present in the nodes, which may cause them to become swollen.

The researchers believe the particles may be transported in the blood or engulfed by immune cells that subsequently deposit them.

This deposition may cause lymph nodes to swell, impairing their ability to fight infections and filter out pathogens.

Study author Bernhard Hesse said: “We already knew that pigments from tattoos would travel to the lymph nodes because of visual evidence: the lymph nodes become tinted with the color of the tattoo. It is the response of the body to clean the site of entrance of the tattoo.

This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The New Zealand Herald

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Oregon Coast Trip 2017

I got married in spring of 1992.
I was 22 and my wife, barely 19.
We were dumb and in love.

Life had never given us the circumstances
to take a real vacation, just her and I.

After 25 years she said, she’d earned it.
The understatement of all time.

We began planning early in the year and knew
with child number three graduating HS in
May, child number one getting married in June,
me doing a float trip, plus all the other
summer commitments we would have to look to the fall.

After several recommendations and much discussion,
we decided on the Oregon Coast for the last
week of October.

So on Wednesday the 25th we flew from
SLC to Portalnd, Oregon.

Because I’m such a fan of food shows, I decided
a visit to Oregon wouldn’t be complete without stopping by
VooDoo Donuts in Portland.
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In the end, one lump of frosted, deep-fried dough is kinda the same
as another. Still, glad we did it.

Now it’s off to Florence, Oregon.

The drive from Portland to Florence was several hours, but very easy as we moved toward the coast through a breathtaking forest.
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After checking in we drove over to the beach.
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The plan was to rent 4 wheelers the next day and do some cruising on the beach and sand dunes. We ended up knocking around the tourist shops and strolling through the downtown section of Florence.
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Then it was off to Heceta Head Bed and Breakfast.

This house is part of the living quarters to those
who managed the Heceta Head lighthouse back in the day.

The bed and breakfast was nice. The views, on the other hand, were amazing.

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Apparently, I like bridges. I took photos of several.
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While I don’t have any images of it, after dark we hiked up to see the lighthouse, which is fully functional.

It was awesome to see these eight beams of light breaking the darkness.

Heceta Head lighthouse in the morning.

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More Heceta Head images.
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Next, it’s off to Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
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Bridge across Yaquina Bay.
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Next is Yaquina Head lighthouse.
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From this viewpoint, we actually saw a pod of whales. Well, actually what we saw was their spouts. Probably a dozen or so.
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This is a popular area to see tide pools, but the tide was in. Maybe next time.
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Now it’s off to Oceanside, OR and the Three Arches Inn.

Despite this telephone pole being right in our sight line, the view from our room was awe-inspiring.
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The sunsets off the coast are mind-blowing.
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After it got dark we walked over to the local diner for some grub. I was determined to try all the local food I could. Here’s my first sampling of crab cakes.

I have only eaten crab once before and really didn’t like it. These were out of this world . . . and that was just my appetizer.
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I’m a blessed man to have spent so many years with this fine woman.
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Oceanside beach the next morning.
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Just a few hours later and the fog has rolled in.
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After leaving Oceanside we went inland and visited the Tillamock factory. Then back to the coast for Cape Mears Lighthouse.
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After the lighthouse, we took a little hike to Octopus Tree.
This tree is so massively large this picture doesn’t do it justice.
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Now we’re off to Rockaway Beach, OR.

The fog was so thick once we got here and we just
walked through town looking at shops.

Nothing very remarkable except for this rock garden that
is right on the main highway through town.
The sign states that if there’s a rock you like feel free to
take it, just leave your cash in the box.
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Sunday morning and we’re off to Cannon Beach. This is one of the more iconic Oregon beaches so it’s likely you’ve seen some of these sights before.
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One of the many things that makes Oregon unique is its acceptance of dogs in usually human only locations. This photo was taken just outside a little sweets shop.IMG_3843.JPG
With that in mind, I found this sign quite humorous.
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That sign is right outside a combination bar/hardware store named, no lie, Screws and Brews.

With a name like that, we couldn’t not go in.

Here I tried some oyster shooters.
One oyster in a shot glass with just a touch of spicy cocktail sauce with the tiniest lemon wedge.

I was kinda nervous about these. So much so that I asked the waiter the proper way to consume them.

Bottoms up.

I was expecting kinda tough and chewy. Not even close.
Another food home run. Outstanding!

Monday morning we got an early start and headed over to Kelly’s Brighton Bay Marina for some crabbing.

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Here I am with one of the keepers. Little did he know that I’d be eating him within the hour.
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So here’s how crabbing from the dock works. You take one of these collapsible baskets that have stink bait attached to the inside bottom. The stink bait is just dead fish in a net. We were instructed
to step on the bait occasionally to keep it aromatic.

You tie your rope to the dock and throw the basket out and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then quickly pull it back in.

I was on the dock for about an hour and a half so I probably made 6-8 casts and caught something every time. The law in Oregon is that you can only keep the males, which are identified by a marking on their underside, and those that are over 5 3/4″ at their wide point. So of the 20-25 that I pulled in there was only 3 were keepers.
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This dog has had way too much crab over his lifetime. He’s so old and fat he can barely move.
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After catching the crabs they’re boiled for 16 minutes. Once they come out you clean them, which is essentially breaking the animal down. In the process, one will harvest the heart and eat it. Way good!

To break open the legs, which were not as hard as I would have expected, pull out the meat, dip it in the fluid that accumulates in the shell and eat. Fresh seafood is awesome!

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It was so cold now we had to stop our crab feast, just to get warm.
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Then we made a stop in Manzanita Beach and then to Astoria. For movie buffs, Astoria is where Kindergarten Cop and Goonies were filmed.

We, however, stopped to see the tower and the views of the Columbia River from the tower.
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From Astoria it was a drive to Portland, stay the night and catch a flight back to SLC Tuesday morning.

Great trip. Great scenery. Great company.

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Car Accidents In Orem Utah Are Bad News For Women

I read an article today that leads me to the conclusion that car accidents in Orem Utah are bad news, especially for women.

The article is entitled Women with late whiplash syndrome have Car Accidents In Orem Utah Are Bad News For Womengreatly reduced load-bearing of the cervical spine.

The title of this article isn’t very glamorous or eye catching.

It doesn’t  make you stop and say “Ohhh, I’ve got to learn about that!”

I get that, so let me unpack it for you because if you’ve been involved in an auto accident or someone you care about has, this is information you’ll want to know.

Researchers recruited one hundred eighty-two women, aged between 18–50 years who were then divided into three groups.

Group one was women who had been involved in an auto accident and were experiencing Late Whiplash Syndrome.

Late Whiplash Syndrome is defined as a collection of symptoms and disabilities seen more than six months after a neck injury occurring in a motor vehicle accident.

Group two was women who experienced chronic neck pain that has been gradually getting worse.

Group three was women who experienced no neck pain.

Bottom line:

The study found that women with Late Whiplash Syndrome had extremely weak neck muscles and the muscles that are designed to move the head and neck must compensate and act as stabilizers.

This causes great joint reaction forces through the cervical spine.

This likely leads to early decay and degeneration of the cervical spine.

So, if you or someone you care about has been involved in an auto accident get your injuries addressed ASAP. The consequences of not are bad news for women.

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Orem Neuropathy Specialist Learns A Lesson In Leadership And Maturity

Like many of you, I’m a college football fan. This past football seasonOrem Neuropathy Specialist Learns A Lesson was a huge disappointment as a University of Michigan fan. I’m also an Orem neuropathy specialist.

Recently I read an article in the New York Times about the kicker from the Navy football team.

Unless you’re in one of the branches of the military or a really hardcore college football fan you probably don’t know Navy’s kicker Bennett Moehring.

Bennett, a young man from Bentonville Arkansas had dreamed of winning a game with his kick and early in December 2017 in the Army Navy game his dream almost came true.

If you’re not familiar with this game, there was a blizzard going on, snow on the field, and the wind blowing. Amazingly he had hit two field goals earlier in the game.

Now down to the last seconds and Navy down to Army 13-14 he’s got a 48-yard field goal ahead of him and Navy wins. He had anticipated this moment so much that he and his holder and planned out how they were going to celebrate. Drop to the ground and make snow angels.

A 48-yard field goal is not a gimmie even in the best of circumstances, but under the above mentioned circumstances, it becomes almost impossible. If he were to make the kick it would tie his personal best.

The snap, the hold, the kick . . . the balls up . . . it’s got the distance . . . it’s wide left . . . Army wins.

After the game, Bennett agreed to talk to reporters. He felt like he needed to face this head on. No hiding. No making excuses.
What did he say?

He said he was blessed to play football.

“I’ll use this as motivation,” Moehring said. “I’ll get better. It’s the only option.”

And therein is the lesson. He didn’t live up to his or others expectations and he owned it. He didn’t try and explain away his miss.

“I’ll use this as motivation. I’ll get better. It’s the only option.”

Let’s make this our motivation and our only option.

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Regular Chiropractic Adjustments Provide Better Long Time Results

In what may be considered a landmark study for the chiropractic profession, researchers have discovered that regular chiropractic adjustments provide better long-term results. orem back pain help

In the world of research, there is definitely a hierarchy of journals. The most important thing about this research is that it appeared in one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world.

You can read a free summary of the article that appeared in the journal SPINE.

Researchers took sixty people who had chronic low back pain that has been going on for six months or more and divided them into three different groups.

One group received twelve fake treatments over the course of one month. Group two received twelve chiropractic adjustments over the course of one month, but no treatments for the subsequent nine months. Group three received twelve chiropractic adjustments over the course of one month and follow up treatments every two weeks for the next nine months.

Researchers used patient rating of pain, disability scores, generic health status and back specific patient satisfaction questionnaires at one month, four months, seven months, and ten months.

Those people in the second and third groups experienced lower pain and disability scores than the first group at the end of one month.

However, only the third group, which received follow up chiropractic care showed more improvement in pain and disability scores at the ten month evaluation.

In what may serve as a warning to clinicians and patients, those who did not receive the follow up care returned back to near their pretreatment pain and disability.

So let me quickly summarize. Chiropractic may be the best option for chronic low back pain. To get the best results, after you’ve completed initial care continue to receive follow up care. By so doing you’ll have less pain and better function. Researchers found that a bimonthly follow up schedule to be best.

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Orem Chiropractor – R. Ned McArthur, D.C. specializes in providing relief, recovery & rehabilitation for back pain, car accident injuries, dizziness, fibromyalgia, headaches & migraines, neck pain, numbness & sciatica.