Bone Chilling Cold

We have been living through freezing temperatures for a much longer time than usual this season and it’s going to last awhile. This type of frigid, cold weather is a big headache in many ways, and there has been a significant increase in patients coming in with headaches – even those who don’t usually have headaches.

There are several reasons for this:

  • Extremely cold temperatures can make the facial and skull bones ache because there is very little insulation between the skin and the face and skull bones.
  • Cold temperatures can also make the muscles in the temples very stiff and achy and can also cause an increase in jaw clenching.
  • Breathing in extremely cold air through the nose and mouth can be irritating to the sinuses and throat and lead to headaches, as well.
  • Frigid temperatures can…


FALL RISK FACTORS

Did you know that every fifteen seconds, an older adult is treated in the ER for injuries related to an accidental fall? Every twenty-nine minutes, an older adult dies from an accidental fall-related injury. Being mindful of your health, environment, and events that can cause falls is vital in avoiding injury. Start the new year right by being prepared and avoiding injury!

Health-Based Risk
Related to medical problems in neurology, orthopedics, biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition. Gait and balance problems, muscle weakness, chronic illnesses, vision problems, and nutritional deficiencies.

Environmental Factors
Home hazards (ie: loose throw rugs, lack of railings, and grab bars). Outside hazards (icy sidewalks…


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Holiday stress? You aren’t alone…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Happy Holidays from our team to you and yours! Thank you for choosing Donkin Chiropractic in 2023. You have made it a wonderful year and we look forward to serving you in the New Year!


HAVE HOLIDAY STRESS?

Unfortunately, the joy and wonder of the holiday season is frequently overshadowed by anxiety and the physical and emotional effects of negative stress. As we investigate stress in this series, you will learn that the paradoxical nature of the Holidays, as we currently celebrate them, is predictable. This being the case, the best gift we can offer is the information you need to prepare yourself and your family for true enjoyment and fulfillment this holiday season.

Since stress is your body’s emotional, mental, and physical reaction to change, the greatest opportunity for work and lifestyle change occurs during the holidays. Virtually every aspect of your life is affected, and while some aspects of your life are affected more than others, their cumulative effect can sabotage the memories you are creating.


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DEERstracted?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving holiday from our team at Donkin Chiropractic!


DEERSTRACTED DRIVING

We are all familiar with the notion of distracted drivers. We see them regularly on the road and maybe we have even driven distracted ourselves.  But there is a formidable force coming our way that requires our attention especially this time of year. That is distracted deer!

This time of year, deer are distracted for a number of reasons: 

This is their mating season which draws their attention to their own kind. 

Harvest season is also in full swing which disrupts their familiar surroundings with noise and dust.  

As if this is not enough, deer also encounter hunting season with its share of noise and commotion. 

Deer are not very good at looking both ways before they cross the road anyway and with all these distractions it’s no wonder why they dart out onto the road without warning and into the path of oncoming automobiles.  Is this a big deal? According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, there were 3,760 car-animal collisions causing $1,000 or more in…


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Happy Halloween!

We want to wish everyone a fun, safe, and Happy Halloween!


SPINE-TINGLING

Spine-tingling is not just a fun, scary, or spooky Halloween term. For some, it can be a real and potentially serious feeling. There could be numerous causes for this sensation and it can come and go, while others are experiencing it constantly. If you have or are experiencing tingling or numbness in your back, it may be caused by a pinched nerve, damage, or irritation. If the pain is persistent, you may need to seek medical advice and analysis, as this could be a sign of another condition.

A tingling feeling in the back is commonly described as a pins-and-needles, stinging, or “crawling” sensation. Depending on its cause and location, the feeling can be chronic or brief. Seek immediate medical attention if the tingling is accompanied by:

  • sudden weakness in the leg/s
  • problems walking
  • loss of control of your bladder or bowels

Those symptoms in addition to a tingling back sensation could signal a more serious condition. 


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Suffering from seasonal allergies?

For many, the fall allergy season is far worse than spring allergies. Is this you? Cool autumn air harbors irritants that can be just as unpleasant as pollen. Allergens from trees and grasses float through the air in spring, summer, and fall, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These particles can enter a person’s nose, eyes, ears, and mouth, triggering an allergic reaction. The good news is that the frost will help these conditions as we transition into cooler months. Need a little extra help? Let Dr. Donkin know at your next appointment. He adjusts and can help with sinuses, too!

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Back-To-School Time

Has your family headed back to the classroom? Maybe that means new back packs, sports or pounding the campus pavement? We can help with all of those things. Read on below to learn more!

BACK PACK POSTURE

It doesn’t matter what age you are. Back packs are a common mode of carrying our daily items. However, if you aren’t wearing yours properly, they may hinder and not help. Come in today and Dr. Donkin can fit your pack correctly and prevent PackBack!

SCHOOL SPORTS

The new school season means the start of fall sports. From football to cross country, soccer, and volleyball, Dr. Donkin can help your athlete be game day ready and stay ready with regular adjustments throughout the season so they can compete at their best.

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The Art-of-Living well involves more than just art. You have to be up on the most current science and research on all aspects of wellness. It also requires regular practice, to develop and sustain the mental and physical resilience to harness your mind, body, and mood to be at your best every day of your life.

Our M3+ Mind- Movement-Mood Wellness Center efficiently integrates Diet/Nutrition, Exercise, Biomechanics, and the MindFulChoice System™ for optimal thinking – all under one roof or online, and will provide you with a customized assessment and action plan for your specific lifestyle and goals.

We invite you to ask us more about this on your next visit! We are excited to share in this new global partnership and how we are offering these services at our practice right here in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 

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Body struggling after the 4th holiday?

AFTER THE 4TH

Independence Day is filled with parades and fireworks displays, and a common side effect of watching fireworks is stiff and sore necks and shoulders. Don’t be alarmed! This is easy to understand. All year long, people are focused on looking down at their children, computers, and cell phones. As a result, many people have conditioned their bodies to slump forward and down. Then, during the celebration’s frenzy, we reverse this movement and extend their heads backward for long periods, looking at exciting fireworks displays.

Remember, we are creatures of habit! The neck and shoulder pain comes because the neck is usually not pliable enough to reverse its usual posture for long periods. To prevent the stiffness and soreness from setting in, warm up your neck and shoulders with:

Reverse shoulder rolling

Take frequent breaks from looking up.

You can also use your favorite topical muscle gel or cream before looking up and or after the celebration is over.

If you are still suffering from the side effects of enjoying the fireworks displays, or have questions contact Dr. Donkin today. Dr. Donkin can help you get over the episode and help prevent it from occurring next year!

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The Art-of-Living well involves more than just art. You have to be up on the most current science and research on all aspects of wellness. It also requires regular practice, to develop and sustain the mental and physical resilience to harness your mind, body, and mood to be at your best every day of your life.

Our M3+ Mind- Movement-Mood Wellness Center efficiently integrates Diet/Nutrition, Exercise, Biomechanics, and the MindFulChoice System™ for optimal thinking – all under one roof or online, and will provide you with a customized assessment and action plan for your specific lifestyle and goals.

Our total wellness model is tailored to fit your individual needs with just the right services to reach your personal destination for a life of clarity, purpose, and joy.

We invite you to ask us more about this on your next visit! We are excited to share in this new global partnership and how we are offering these services at our practice right here in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 

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Working from home this summer?

SUMMER SCHEDULES

For many of us, summer means taking work home. Whether it’s more downtime as a teacher or kids home for the summer months and a flexible schedule, many of us are doing more from home over the summer months. Even though an entire book could be written about setting up home workstations, here are three recommendations that many of my work-from-home patients have found helpful. 

Pick your best spot at home.
If you do not have a regular desk at home, working at a kitchen table is generally much better than sitting on a couch with your laptop on your lap.

Adjust your home workstation for better-seated posture.
Use or make a seat wedge to help you maintain a better posture. My favorite by far is the Kabooti. Some of my patients also like the Bamboo seat wedge. You can partially fold a sleeping pillow to form a wedge too.

The kitchen table is often too low for the laptop screen so place large books like coffee table books or reams of copy paper under the laptop to raise it up in a stable way so that you do not have to raise your hands uncomfortably up or bend your head uncomfortably down. If you have a wireless keyboard then you can raise the screen up higher and place the keyboard on the tabletop for better posture.

Make your home workplace a sit/stand station.
Actually, every seated workstation, even this make-shift one is a form of a sit/stand station. All you need to do is simply stand up every 20 minutes or so and do a simple routine like this:

  • Stand up and move your legs up and down like you are walking in place.
  • Look at an object that is more than 20 feet away for about 20 seconds.
  • Gently shake your hands wrists and elbows while you are gently rolling your shoulders up, back, and down for a few seconds.
  • Take a slow deep breath in to improve your posture and smile then slowly exhale.
  • Sit down refreshed, in a good posture and you are ready to get back to work.

Finally, Consider structuring the timing of your homework day to be similar to your typical workday.  

Remember individual circumstances vary so apply these suggestions to your own situation. This is not a replacement for treatment or consultation. If you have specific questions contact your health care provider. Don’t hesitate to contact me as well if you would like some additional information.

Happy Summer!

Scott Donkin, DC, DACBOH

Warm Weather Woes

WARM WEATHER WOES

While colder weather can increase aching, many patients don’t know that warm weather typically increases swelling and pain. This means that the increased pressure and humidity outdoors can increase the expansion of joints, tendons, muscles, and even scar tissue, leaving many people with previous injuries in pain.

Chronic conditions can have flare-ups no matter the temperature outside, but the summer weather does cause our bodies to need a period of adjustment, and this can increase the painful symptoms of arthritis and other conditions.

You can work to decrease your pain at home by using or combining any of these methods:

STAYING COOL

Remain inside when you can, especially on extremely hot days. Take breaks to stay cooler if you must venture outside, and make sure your air conditioner is turned up to a comfortable temperature.

STAY HYDRATED

Water is not only good for your health, but it helps to flush toxins out of the body which also helps to fight inflammation. It aids your joints by keeping them well-lubricated.

GET ACTIVE

Low-impact physical activities such as swimming, yoga, and walking are all great ways to relieve pressure on your joints and keep them lubricated. They also help to promote stronger supportive muscles that can decrease pressure and strain on your joints.

Still suffering? Reach out and schedule a visit from Dr. Donkin and set up a treatment plan to get you back on the path to wellness!

Source: iRISE Spine and Joint

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The Art-of-Living well involves more than just art. You have to be up on the most current science and research on all aspects of wellness. It also requires regular practice, to develop and sustain the mental and physical resilience to harness your mind, body, and mood to be at your best every day of your life.

Our M3+ Mind- Movement-Mood Wellness Center efficiently integrates Diet/Nutrition, Exercise, Biomechanics, and the MindFulChoice System™ for optimal thinking – all under one roof or online, and will provide you with a customized assessment and action plan for your specific lifestyle and goals.

Our total wellness model is tailored to fit your individual needs with just the right services to reach your personal destination for a life of clarity, purpose, and joy.

We invite you to ask us more about this on your next visit! We are excited to share in this new global partnership and how we are offering these services at our practice right here in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 

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Whole Body Approach

WHOLE BODY APPROACH

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to injury and getting back on track in your wellness journey. Dr. Donkin speaks more about this in the video below.

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NEW SERVICES

The Art-of-Living well involves more than just art. You have to be up on the most current science and research on all aspects of wellness. It also requires regular practice, to develop and sustain the mental and physical resilience to harness your mind, body, and mood to be at your best every day of your life.

Our M3+ Mind- Movement-Mood Wellness Center efficiently integrates Diet/Nutrition, Exercise, Biomechanics, and the MindFulChoice System™ for optimal thinking – all under one roof or online, and will provide you with a customized assessment and action plan for your specific lifestyle and goals.

Our total wellness model is tailored to fit your individual needs with just the right services to reach your personal destination for a life of clarity, purpose, and joy.

We invite you to ask us more about this on your next visit! We are excited to share in this new global partnership and how we are offering these services at our practice right here in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 

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