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Dr. Troy Storlie is a chiropractor serving Moorhead and the surrounding communities. Our chiropractor and the rest of the friendly team at Storlie Family Chiropractic Clinic are dedicated to chiropractic solutions to target your unique needs, whether you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even just plain old muscular tightness and tension. You may need pain relief after suffering an accident, experiencing an injury, or if you have a specific condition such as chronic back pain or a spinal condition.
"Observational study found that low back pain patients receiving chiropractic care, which typically includes spinal manipulation, are more satisfied than those receiving medical care."
-New England Journal of Medicine
Dr. Troy Storlie
Moorhead Chiropractor | Storlie Family Chiropractic Clinic | (218) 477-1120
40 N 4th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560
MAKE 2016 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!!! Hint: resolve to ditch the resolutions. By Kristine L. Storlie
If you’re at all like me, the start of a new year can seem exciting, invigorating, and daunting all at the same time. Every year, I tell myself “this is MY year – I’m really going to [fill in resolution here] this time!”
Like many people, my resolutions generally revolve around getting in shape. I once boldly declared “I am going to lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day!” I made a “great” plan. (Eat only apples! Exercise until what looks like sweat is really tears!) I created lists of grueling, unrealistic steps required to reach my goal. I had index cards to organize different steps within each list. I had sticky notes with affirmations posted all over the house: “my hard work is paying off already!” “I honor my commitment to myself!”
I lost something by Valentine’s Day that year, but it definitely was not ten pounds. Rather, I lost my patience, my will, and my way. And I think I actually gained 5 pounds in the process. Why? The reason lies in the approach. I have since figured out that the expectations I was holding myself to were nothing more than a giant set of Wills, Shalls, and Musts, and they shut down my brilliant resolution (and the plan to make it happen) faster than a bout of E. Coli will close down a fast food restaurant.
It turns out that, for me, WSMs are the absolute worst way to bring about meaningful, personal change. The more I resolve (i.e. dictate to myself) that something Will, Shall and Must be done; the less likely it is that I will take even one real step in my planned direction. Like everyone else in this crazy world, too much of my life is WSM already! I WSM pay the bills, walk the dogs, feed the children, clean the house, etc., etc. WSMs are those things that are absolutes. If I don’t do them, or make sure they get done, then chaos ensues. Thus, when it comes to WSMs, I am, in fact, a necessary “dictator” of my own life. And that is true for all of us, in some ways. We all have obligations that just aren’t optional.
When it came to my plan for losing ten pounds by Valentine’s Day; however, I didn’t adjust well reporting to my dictator. In fact, I downright resented it. I wouldn’t (couldn’t) allow my dictator to boss me around this time! I felt like such a failure. I blamed it on a lack of self-control, but I was wrong. As much as I wanted to keep my resolution, at the end of the day, weight loss, in my case, simply wasn’t WSM. It wasn’t dictator territory.
It turns out, ignoring my dictator was a healthy thing to do. Studies show that there is a direct (and inverse) correlation between how we treat ourselves while trying to evoke personal change and the outcome of the change desired. In other words, most of us override our dictator eventually (in situations that truly are not WSM), rebel like I did, and end up achieving the polar opposite of our goals!
So this year, my only “resolution” is to do things differently. There are some healthy changes I’d like to make to my diet and exercise routine, but this year, I am going to take small steps and be realistic about change. (I didn’t get chicken-wing-arm triceps overnight, and they aren’t going to firm up overnight, no matter how many weights I lift!) Most of all, I will be kind to myself on the journey, because that’s what a permanent lifestyle change is: a journey. I found some great tips for proceeding on my voyage that I want to share with you, below.
1. Add, Don’t Subtract. Permanently changing eating habits is one of the hardest things a person can do. Let’s face it, we all know that the Standard American Diet is bad for us. While it is true that a diet of chemical-laden snacks with a 30-year shelf life is not a good long term eating strategy, sometimes a girl’s just gotta have her Twinkies or a Blizzard!!
Instead of radically cutting out all of your favorite foods, start by adding a serving of fruit or veggies and a few extra glasses of water to each day. Aim to reach the recommended 5-9 servings of veggies/fruit on most days, and to drink eight 8-oz glasses of water. Studies have shown that eating a healthy diet even 80% of the time can have a positive impact on your wellbeing, both mental and physical!
2. Schedule a Chiropractic Check-up before Beginning an Exercise Program. To perform optimally, many professional athletes work closely with a chiropractor, because they know that if even one spinal vertebra is out of alignment, it can affect the surrounding musculature and impinge nerves, thereby decreasing the efficiency of the body’s overall performance. Even for the casual fitness enthusiast, the same rule applies. Starting out an exercise program in proper alignment definitely ups the chances of success. Also, chiropractors are a great resource for exercise recommendations and instructions. So come and see us, and then get your sweat on!
3. Improve your posture. Your mom knew what she was talking about when she told you “stand up straight!” Proper postural alignment can ease back pain, help you appear (and feel) taller and slimmer, help you breathe better and even improve your mood! Ask a chiropractor to physically guide you into proper postural alignment (both standing and sitting), and then practice, practice, practice! Pretty soon, correct posture will come automatically, and your whole body will thank you for it!
4. Sleep. When you reach the end of a long day, the most critical thing you can do to help prepare for the success of the next day is to get quality sleep. Give yourself a wind-down period before bed. Turn off all of the electronics. Rest quietly or read a book. Make your bedroom your sanctuary. Decorate it in a way that you find restful, and make it as dark and quiet as possible for optimal sleep.
This year, I am going to put all of my WSM thoughts aside, and just enjoy my ongoing journey toward improved health and fitness. I hope you choose to do the same. If you catch the WSM dictator yelling in your ear, just tune out the noise, take a deep breath, and remember that every step you take toward wellness is a much-deserved investment in the rest of your life!
From all of us at Storlie Family Chiropractic, we wish you a happy, healthy New Year!
Chiropractic Approach to Ear Infections
Ear problems can be excruciatingly painful, especially in children. With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.
Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they're a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and frequently results from another illness such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.
Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics, which can be effective if the culprit is bacterial (antibiotics, of course, do nothing to fight off viruses). But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body's own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain.
Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first). In severe cases—for example, when fluids from an ear infection haven't cleared from the ear after several months, and hearing is affected—specialists sometimes prescribe myringotomy and tympanostomy, more commonly known as "ear tubes." During the surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum to place a tube inside. The tube relieves pressure in the ear and prevents repeated fluid buildup with the continuous venting of fresh air. In most cases, the membrane pushes the tube out after a couple of months and the hole in the eardrum closes. Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.
Before yet another round of "maybe-they'll-work-and-maybe-they-won't" antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about your child's ear infections. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children
Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Are you currently pregnant or thinking about having a baby soon? If you answered yes to either question, hopefully you are also seeing a chiropractor. A woman's body goes through countless changes while pregnant, not only hormonally, but also posturally and bio-mechanically. Low back pain is almost imminent during pregnancy; chiropractic care offers a non-invasive, safe form of care to help alleviate pain and make having a baby easier.
When pregnant, your body goes through changes to prepare to carry and nourish your baby. Your center of gravity shifts forward as the baby grows, the pelvis tilts anteriorly causing the muscles in the lower back to become shortened and tightened, while the hamstrings and gluteal muscles become stretched and weakened. The curves in the cervical and lumbar regions are increased, placing extra stress in the lower back and neck. The round ligaments attach to the uterus, are stretched and placed under a lot of stress while pregnant, and can be the cause of significant amounts of pain while pregnant, both in the abdomen and lower back. The psoas, tensor fascia lata (TFL), quadratus lumborum, and piriformis muscles are also placed under new loads when pregnant, causing pain, tightness and imbalances. Hormonal changes throughout pregnancy cause ligaments to become looser, and therefore causing the joints to become less stable, especially the sacroiliac joints and pubic symphysis. Chiropractors use gentle, soft tissue techniques to help relax the tight ligaments and eliminate or reduce pain.
Safe pain relief
Diversified chiropractic adjustments are safe for mom and baby throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Special tables and pillows are used so pregnant women can lie in the prone (face down) position while being treated. Chiropractic adjustments help put motion into joints that are not moving as well as they should be; the same goes for the joint in the front of the pelvis, which is placed under an enormous amount of stress throughout pregnancy. Symphysis dysfunction and diastasis can happen during pregnancy; referred pain from the broad and round ligaments can cause intense pain often mimicking diastasis. Soft tissue techniques can be applied to relax tension in the round ligaments. Wedge-shaped blocks can also be used to help the pelvis return to a normal position and ease pain. Chiropractic care offers a variety of safe forms for pain relief without the use of invasive procedures or prescription drugs. Chiropractic appointments should be scheduled at the same intervals as OB/GYN appointments, or more frequently if necessary.