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Why does chiropractic adjustment feel so good?

Believe it or not, I had never been adjusted before I got to Chiropractic School. My family loves chiropractic of course, but before I went to school and understood what chiropractic truly does, we pictured it just as a way to get out of neck or back pain…which I never had.

So there I was, first trimester of school meeting with my student intern, Corey, for the first time. He adjusted me using Diversified Technique, the same technique that I use for most of my practice members here. I remember hopping off the table knowing something amazing just happened…not really sure what it was, just knowing I felt really, really good. I floated through the halls in euphoria and couldn’t stop smiling…excited that I would spend my career making people feel this awesome.

So why did my body feel so good right away after being adjusted? We know the long-term benefits of chiropractic: optimizing spinal structure and function allows the nervous system to work at the highest level…healing our bodies from the inside out. But we also know that this correction takes more than one adjustment to accomplish. The key to all of the amazing short-term effects that I felt from a single adjustment is mechanoreception.

The spine: The highway of the nervous system

Think of your spine as the nervous system’s very own highway. Billions of cars (or nerve impulses) travel up and down this highway every day transmitting data to and from the brain. When our spine is in a state of proper alignment these metaphorical cars can flow freely. However, when the spine is misaligned by injury or the simple ravages of a sedentary lifestyle, it can slow this traffic down to a crawl.

When this happens, it can have adverse effects not only on the nervous system but the endocrine and immune systems which it governs. This can result not only in stiffness and pain but less obvious symptoms like headaches, lethargy and even depression. 

As such, chiropractic adjustment can feel like that wonderful moment where heavy traffic eases on the highway, and you’re free to resume your pleasant journey free of the stress and frustration of being stuck in traffic. Often we’re not aware of the wear and damage that have been done to our spine and the systems which are dependent on it until this has been rectified.

Tension and release

Another important factor is tension. All day, every day we carry tension around our bodies. Stress, strain, upset anger and frustration can lead to an increase in tension of the myofascial system. This is a system of fibrous connective tissues that extends all across our bodies and is intrinsically tied to the entire musculoskeletal system. We may not be aware that we are carrying this tension around with us until it is released by the skilled hands of a chiropractor.

Endorphin rush!

Many of our clients compare the rush of wellbeing that comes after a chiropractic alignment to the same rush that comes after a really satisfying workout. It’s easy to see why. Both activities facilitate a rush of endorphins (the brain’s natural painkillers and feel good chemicals) that leaves us feeling happy, healthy and well adjusted in every sense of the word when we hop off of the chiropractor’s table.

Yes, You Will Probably Hear Some Popping or Cracking Noises

Occasionally, two opposing forces in a joint get “stuck” together. Perhaps “suction” would be a better mental image. If you have ever used a suction cup to stick something to a mirror or a piece of glass, you tried to pull it off and heard that popping sound, then you have an idea of what happens to joints during an adjustment.

When any joint in your body is adjusted, what you are actually hearing is the vacuum sound of gas being released inside the fluid that is found in every joint. It might sound like bones are being cracked or broken, but that’s not what is really going on.

This doesn’t mean that every adjustment will make sounds that you can hear. There are plenty of techniques that a chiropractor uses that produce no audible sounds.

Some people feel that if they don’t hear any noise, the adjustment wasn’t successful. This is simply a misunderstanding in how the process works.

Some adjustments are low force and don’t cause sound. Other times, the joint simply doesn’t have a buildup of gas, which also means it won’t cause a sound. Sound is not an indicator of “a job well done”.

Think about breathing as a case in point. You might not hear the person next to you breathing, but the chances that they are breathing are pretty good, right? (At least we hope so!) Now if they run up and down a flight of stairs, you would definitely hear them breathing!

Adjustments improve the quality of sleep.

Anyone who has ever had trouble sleeping knows that insomnia can ruin a person’s health. Sleeplessness can also cause depression, migraines, headaches, hypertension and other diseases. Since your chiropractic adjustment, you’ve probably been pleased to find that your sleep patterns have improved.  According to one study, adjustments stimulate the thalamus, a neural structure that controls the sleep and wake cycle. This explains why you now sleep like a baby. And guess what? Better sleep means improved moods and all-round wellbeing.

It enhances body functionality and athletic ability.

If you’re an athlete, you might notice a boost in your athletic abilities. In fact, several studies have shown that chiropractic care promotes physical recovery and boosts athletic performance. That’s why many top athletes rely on specific chiropractors for stretches, chiropractic adjustments, injury care and exercises.  Sorry, professional athletes. Someone had to leak your secrets. Whether you’re an athlete or a physically active person, your body will feel brand new after chiropractic care.

What cause these reactions?

  • Some muscles are realigning the spine after an adjustment. These muscles often have not worked properly for years and may be in a weak state. The condition is temporary and will disappear after the muscles have strengthened themselves.
  • Sometimes nerves that were impinged for years due to subluxations are now ‘coming back to life’ or healing or becoming re-sensitive.
  • Nerves that begin to send nerve impulses or ‘life energy’ may give you a ‘high’ as may tension release from long standing stress fixations in your body.

Please remember that the true benefits of the adjustment are usually found below the conscious level such as improved energy, better sleep and better nerve system function. As the flow of nerve impulses over the spinal cord and spinal nerves is normalised, your body is beginning to renew and build itself.

Things that you can do to help yourself.

  • Go for a 3 minute walk after each adjustment before you hop into your car. This will speed up your recovery by increasing spinal movement and nerve flow.
  • Avoid rubbing or poking the areas of pain and where you have been adjusted.
  • Avoid twists and turns. Do not bend too far in any direction. Where ever possible bend your knees to lift things, even small objects from the floor. This reduces the amount of pressure of the nerves to your lower back. Hold objects close to your body if lifting and do not twist your body – use your feet.
  • Maintain correct posture, especially if studying, working at the PC and watching television.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress and throw it out if it is more than ten years old. Old couches that let you sink down in the middle are not much better. Shoes without a good arch support are like a bad mattress.
  • Make sure that your sleeping posture is correct – lie on your side with your knees bent or on your back and make sure your pillow supports the natural curves of your neck.

Headed To Car Dealer

Can you haggle used car price at dealerships?

Haggling — some people love it, some people hate it. People who like it tend to enjoy the feeling of pushing for a great deal. People who hate to haggle like getting a good deal, but let’s be honest: The entire process can be uncomfortable because typically the things we buy have a clear price with no room for negotiation.

One exception to the rule of set pricing is cars, and used cars have even less clear pricing than new cars do. When it comes to used cars, the price can vary due to the year, make and mileage of the car, as well as what features it has and the area you buy it in. The last thing that can impact a used car’s price is the negotiation. Botching this part of the process can lead to paying more than you should. Use our ten tips to haggle your way through a great used car deal.

Do You Even Want to Haggle?

We know, it’s weird to start out a list of used car haggling tips with one that implies negotiating may not be the way to go. The thing is, not everyone likes to haggle over used car prices and not everyone is good at it. If you don’t want to do all the research and preparation needed to negotiate a good price on a used car, you’re not going to do a great job haggling and could end up paying way more than is fair for a used car.

Deciding not to negotiate doesn’t just mean showing up with a blank check. A number of used car dealerships, like Carmax, offer no-haggle pricing that’s fair. Buy a used car from a dealer like that and you may not get as low of a price as you would have otherwise. But, it will save you some stress.

Set a Target

Once you decide you actually want to negotiate the price of a used car, you need to set a target. You should do this before you start car shopping, so you don’t waste your time looking at cars you can’t afford. Having a clear target price is the best way to anchor your negotiations because it will keep you focused and ensure that you don’t allow the seller to push for more money than you can pay.

To figure out your target price, look at your budget and see what kind of car payment you can handle each month. If you’re paying cash for a car, you can just decide how much of your money you want to use. You can find a ton of online calculators that will take your monthly payment and tell you the used car price you can afford. Once the target price is set, you’ll know what number to aim for in your negotiations.

Find the Right Car

With a target price in hand, start searching for used cars that fit your budget. A good place to research prices for cars, trucks and SUVs near you is a car shopping website like CarsGenius that lets you search from millions of cars from thousands of dealerships.

Finding the right used car and learning all you can about it is a key part of used car price negotiations. Once you’ve decided on the make and model, as well as the model years you’re willing to buy, dive deep into all the features and options the car has available. You’ll also want to research common repair issues and any recalls the automobile has been subject to. Having all that information can help you haggle and gain a better price. You need to know as much about the car as the seller does.

Negotiate remotely

Once you test drive the car, you can do almost all your work negotiating the car price from home. This means that during a negotiation, if you don’t like the numbers or how you’re being treated, you don’t have to physically leave the dealership. Instead, you can just say goodbye if you’re on the phone or simply stop email or text communications.

To use this approach, call the dealership and ask for the internet department. Or email the internet manager through the company’s website. Often the response to a remote query is “Come on down! We’ll take care of you!” Instead of taking them up on it, say: “I already test drove the car and I know what I want. Now, I’m shopping for my best price.”

Negotiate with your feet

I had a retired friend with time on his hands who liked to go to dealerships, kicking the tires on a new car. He let the salesman talk awhile, and then he would walk out — twice. On the third visit, my friend bought the car, figuring the salesman negotiated himself down to his lowest offer.

Another friend of mine brought his restless 2-year-old into the sales office. When negotiations stalled, he picked up his child and prepared to leave. That simple move dropped the price $750. Remember, body language can speak louder than words.

Arrive with a Stated Purpose

Anytime you visit a car dealership make sure the salesperson know this is the first stop on your list and you’re ready to buy today. You’re on your way to see your list of justifiable alternatives. And you stopped in to this dealership first because they’re either the closest stop on the list or the furthest. This helps strengthen your buying position by demonstrating your alternatives.

Know Comparables

What comparable used cars are on the market within 200 miles? This will give you a realistic expectation about price. You’ll be able to use these alternatives against the dealer in the negotiation phase.

Make the right opening offer

With the monthly payment trap neatly avoided, it’s time to open negotiations. There’s a rule in negotiating that advises “The first person who speaks loses.” It means that once your opening offer is on the table, it sets the tone for the rest of the negotiation. So, ideally, you’d like the salesperson to make the first offer, because it could be well below what you’re prepared to pay.

One way to prompt an opening offer is to say, “I’ve done some research about what others are paying for this car. What kind of a discount are you offering?” If the salesperson won’t bite, it’s up to you to kick things off.

Look at the current market value price and set your opening offer a good deal lower, but still in the ballpark of what the dealer might accept. If you know that the current market value of the car is $25,000, offer well below that, perhaps $23,000.

After delivering your opening offer, say nothing more — but watch the salesperson’s body language, tone of voice and facial expression. Salespeople may groan and complain and do all kinds of playacting; but if they take your offer to their manager, you’re probably in business.

Negotiating with a private party owner is a bit different. A low-ball offer might offend them since it’s their beloved car they’re selling. A common opener is to ask them, “What’s your best price?” This is an invitation for them to negotiate against themselves and lower the price a little. If they drop the price a bit, you can then come back with an even lower offer.

Getting to ‘yes’

As you near an agreement, the salesperson might try to complicate the deal by offering extras such as a free maintenance plan. The problem is, the value of these extras is hard to quantify, so you really don’t know if the deal has improved. It’s better to keep the deal simple and stick to just the price of the car.

If you’re satisfied with the price, don’t accept the deal until you review all the numbers. Ask for a breakdown of the fees or an out-the-door price, which will smoke out any extra fees. You should be paying only the price of the car, sales tax (in most states), a documentation fee and registry fees. If you’re paying in cash, or with your pre-approved loan, it simplifies the deal.

Simple Tips For Termite Control Estimates

Common areas of the home prone to termite attack

What we look for when undertaking a termite inspection

When pest controllers conduct a visual termite inspection are not only just looking for active termites within the property are also inspecting and reporting any areas that are conducive for termite attack which could bring termites into the areas and dramatically increase the risk of termites attacking your property there are a number of things are keeping an eye for here are some conducive conditions recently found during an visual termite inspection.

Hot water overflow & air conditioning units

This is the hot water overflow from systems like hot water systems, air conditioning units if these are not connected to drainage and are attached close to house and constantly dripping in to soil near the house or in sub-floor can attract termites to the area due to the excess moisture it created.

Form work

Timber form work is usually used by builders when constructing house or supporting concrete areas such as bathrooms but many times builders will forget to remove it and termites are attracted to this timber because it is in contact with the soil and in usually in moist areas the termites will use it to travel or bridge to other areas of your home

Soil Bridging

This is where soil is bridging areas or your home from either the slab edge or in this case the wall sheeting this gives termites a clear undetected entry point into your home with out you even noticing they are there until it is to late.

Solution

Remove soil away from the slab Edge or exterior wall sheeting so there is a clear inspection zone so termite can’t gain access undetected and will have to show themselves

Termite Prevention Tips for Residents

chances are you’ve had to deal with termites. Termites infest two million homes a year across the country, causing over $5 billion annually in repairs – but while they’re present across the nation

resident and you haven’t taken steps to protect your home against termites, you could be putting yourself at risk for thousands of dollars in repairs. For the sake of your wallet and your sanity, termite prevention is a must.

Termites are eusocial insects that form colonies that can contain thousands, often millions of individuals based on the species. The termite life cycle follows a caste system. After hatching from an egg as a nymph, each termite in the colony will develop over time into one of three distinct roles depending on the needs of the colony: workers, soldiers, and reproductives.

Workers are white, approximately one-eighth inch long in size, and wingless. Workers make up the vast majority of subterranean termite colonies, and are responsible for all the heavy lifting and day-to-day tasks that keep the colony thriving, like tunneling, building and repairing the nest, gathering food, tending to young, and feeding members of the other castes (as they cannot feed themselves). Consequently, worker termites are responsible for most of the damage that comes with a termite infestation.

Soldiers are beige-colored with large brown heads topped by a set of strong biting mandibles. Soldiers are much less common than workers, and as their name implies, they are responsible for defending the colony from other bugs or animals that try to attack it.

Reproductives are responsible for one thing: making more termites. They are black and grow to be about one-half inch in body size, though the female’s abdomen will expand to multiple times her size in order to maximize egg production. When they reach maturity, termite reproductives enter a winged (alate) form and form mating flights in which a male and female pair up and fly off to start a new colony. Once they find a suitable location, their wings fall off and the two mate for life, becoming the King and Queen of their new colonies. Once the colony has reached a certain size, the Queen gives birth to new reproductives and the cycle continues.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live and feed in soil and wet wood, generally living underground but occasionally coming to the surface for food. Tenacious eaters, subterranean termites are known to eat through cardboard, paper, wood, foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics. Their appetites combined with their tunneling behavior make them extremely destructive to any wooden structures that come into contact with the ground – namely, your home’s foundations.

Drywood Termites

As their name implies, drywood termites primarily differ from subterranean termites in their feeding habits, preferin dry wood instead of moist or rotten. Drywood termite colonies are significantly smaller than their subterranean cousins, with populations typically around a few thousand compared to the millions found inside a typical subterranean colony. While this generally means that a drywood termite infestation isn’t as damaging as a subterranean infection, because they spend the entirety of their lives inside wood, a drywood termite infestation can be much more difficult to identify.

What to Expect From an Inspection and How to Prepare

Smart homeowners stay on top of termite control. A big part of termite control is keeping termites from invading your home, and the first step in accomplishing this is scheduling a termite inspection. So now that you’ve scheduled one, what can you expect? Are there steps you need to take to get ready for the inspection? Preparing your home for a termite inspection isn’t difficult, but there are a few things you can do to help make it go more smoothly.

DO A LITTLE BIT OF REARRANGING

Anything you have stored under your sinks in the kitchen and bathroom will need to be moved to another area so that the inspector can check your water sources for termite activity. Inside your garage, move anything you have stored against the wall to about two feet away from the wall. If any items are against the walls outside your home, they’ll also need to be moved two feet out.

MAKE IT EASY TO ACCESS THE ATTIC

Anything blocking the entrance to the attic should be cleared away in advance of the inspector’s visit. Not only does the inspector need to get into the attic, but you want to make sure no debris falling from the attic disrupts your things while he’s working.

CLEAR THE CRAWL SPACE

If your home is built on a raised foundation, making it easy for the inspector to get into the crawl space. Clear the opening, move any items that block the entrance, and make sure nothing stored in the crawl space will impede the inspector’s work.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE INSPECTION

signs of termite infestation

During your termite inspection, you can expect the inspector to spend about an hour and a half to two hours thoroughly going over your property. This time frame, of course, will vary depending on the size of your property. The inspector will look at the interior and exterior areas of your home, checking for visible signs of a termite infestation, which include: droppings, broken wings, mud tubes, and damaged wood.

Termite Warning

Tornadoes, earthquakes, fires…these disasters typically have warning signs that allow just enough time to save yourself. Termites cause more damage each year to homes than ALL of those natural disasters COMBINED. Did you know that?

Pest Solutions would like to give you this official termite warning this year. As it gets warmer outside, spring cleaning, landscaping, and house repairs will begin. While you’re digging around in your yard, there are some things you should be aware of. Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because they will feed on the structure of your house for quite a while before you even realize they’re there. Termites are smart. But YOU are smarter. Well, you will be once you read the signs of termite infestation

They’ll eat your house!

Termites can also quite literally eat homeowners out of house and home without them even knowing it until it’s too late. They have the ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, 24/7, and can compromise the structural stability of a home within several years depending on the species. And the kicker…your homeowner’s insurance policy most likely doesn’t cover pest infestations.

The Threat

If any of these signs are present, experts recommend you contact a pest professional to properly identify the problem and termite species, and effectively remove the colony. You wouldn’t ignore a tornado siren, would you? Well, we’ve gotten word from several sources, including the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that termites are supposed to be particularly bad this year compared to last year.

The Solution

Which one of the following statements fits your situation?

I have termites.

I am currently termite-free but interested in NOT GETTING termites EVER.

I have no idea if I have termites right now or not.

You can realistically only claim that you’re termite-free if you’ve had an inspection by a legit professional within the last 90 days or if you currently have a treatment in place.

How to Keep Your Furniture Termite-free

There’s nothing more dangerous and ruinous than termites in wooden furniture. What makes it worse is that it is difficult to notice when the infestation creeps in.

There are two kinds of termites that can affect wooden furniture – subterranean and drywood.  Subterranean termites live in soil as well as wood while drywood termites only attack wood

Identifying Termite Infestation

Look out for holes in the woodwork. Tap or push against it with a pointed object. If it falls readily, then it’s a sure sign of termites in wooden furniture.

Keep an eye out for sawdust, wood-colored termite droppings or wings around areas where chips or cracks appear on the furniture.

Mud tube formations on the walls of the house are a sign of subterranean termites.

Termites thrive in moist, dark conditions. Leave your wooden furniture in sunlight for 2-3 days continuously. Termites can’t stand heat and die off easily. This method also helps get rid of the moisture in the furniture, thus preventing further infestation.

Cardboard is made up of cellulose and a woody smell that termites can’t resist. Moisten it with water to make the smell more distinct and place it near the affected area. Within a few hours, the termites lure out to the open cardboard. Discard or burn it to get rid of termites in wooden furniture.