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How to Find the Right Chiropractor in Garland

Just like selecting the best restaurant or choosing your favorite football team, everyone has an opinion on how to choose a great chiropractor in Garland.  While you might might absolutely love Dr. John, your neighbor might not. In many cases, in comes down to a matter of personal preference.

That being said, there are certain guidelines you might use when looking for the ‘right’ chiropractor.

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One must-have feature of a good chiropractor is his or her ability to communicate. Most people, especially when they visit a chiropractor in Garland for the first time, are completely unaware of the virtues of chiropractic medicine, the reason for chiropractic treatment, and why the spine is so important to health. Part of being a good Doctor of Chiropractic is being a great communicator and educator and helping patients understand the benefits of chiropractic treatment.

But, of course, the most important factor is the doctor’s ability and skill. With the advent of online patient reviews, finding an experienced, quality chiropractor in Garland has become easier than ever. There are many popular review sites, like Yelp, Insider pages and Angie’s list that can offer valuable insight into a doctor’s assets and strengths. But today, just as in years gone by, one of the most dependable ways to find a great chiropractor may be through a personal recommendation from a friend, co-worker or family member.

A large part of your decision should also reflect your dealings with the chiropractic office itself. The fact is, you don’t just deal with the doctor when you go to his clinic, you deal with the people on his or her staff, from the front-desk staff to the massage therapist to the chiropractic assistant. One of the hallmarks of a great practice is that every staff member is always polite, friendly and caring.

If you go to a chiropractor who is nice to you, but his office manager is distant, the massage therapist is a snob and the vibe that you get is ‘we don’t care, we just work here’ then you would be advised to find another chiropractor. (And, of course, the doctor should find better staff…)

Remember, when your spine is properly aligned and the nervous system is working correctly, not only will you experience pain relief, you will stay healthier, and  hopefully will live longer than people who never go a chiropractor in Garland.

Like taking care of your teeth and getting regular check-ups, getting your spine adjusted on a regular basis will have long-term health benefits that are too numerous to tally. Definitely less pain, but also less disease, less damage, less degeneration and less suffering.

Texas Spine & Wellness offers an added benefit. We are an integrated chiropractic practice, have a full rehab center, offer laser therapy, therapeutic massage and spinal decompression therapy. As an integrated chiropractic practice we have a MD who supervises our clinic, and a Nurse practitioner who works directly with Dr. Mixon and his associates. Having both a nurse practitioner and chiropractors ensures you’ll receive the best of traditional and alternative medicine. Our complete rehab center can help patients with everything from neck and back injuries, to strengthening injured shoulders and knees.

In conclusion, the ways to find a chiropractor will vary, but remember these tips… The ‘right’ doctor is one that keeps your health in the forefront, has an excellent staff, the proper equipment and therapies, communicates effectively, and whose skill encourages patient referrals.

Why not take the first step today? We believe within no time, you’ll be feeling better and living a healthier, more productive life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mixon and the rest of the Texas Spine & Wellness team.

How to Boost Your Immune System with 7 Simple Foods | Garland Chiropractors

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Do you want to know how to boost your immune system safely and affordably? In this article we’ll offer 7 easy and effective tips to help health-conscious people stave off seasonal bugs.

Since the immune system is our first line of defense against most types of illnesses, a strong immune system is especially critical during winter when colds and flu begin to make the rounds. In the case of these troublesome viruses, the old saying holds true; “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Fortunately many common foods and herbs can help us avoid unexpected trips to the doctor or emergency room. Here a few immune boosting foods and herbs that are easy to incorporate into your everyday meal plans

Garlic

Garlic is an incredibly potent immune system booster. It has been used for centuries around the globe as a natural medicine. Garlic has sulfur compounds that act as antibacterial and antiviral agents. Garlic, when steeped in warm water with lemon juice and honey, serves as both an excellent preventive for respiratory infections, colds, cough, and influenza and as a treatment that that can help speed up recovery. When the garlic tea is sweetened with raw honey, the tea also acts a natural throat soother. If having “garlicky” breath isn’t appealing, you can also buy “deodorized” garlic supplements such as those offered under the Kyolic label.

Citrus Fruits

Two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, may have been the world’s most vigorous Vitamin C proponent. Whether you agree or disagree with this chemist’s opinion, one thing is certain, he succeeded in highlighting this important vitamin’s role in fighting off colds and virus infections.

Centuries ago, sailors recognized they could prevent scurvy, the common seafarer’s disease, by carrying a stash of limes aboard their ships. By ingesting this simple citrus fruit, the sailers could ward off the bleeding gums that accompany this serious Vitamin C deficiency. “Limeys” a nickname for a British citizen, arose from this practice.

Eat a single orange, tangerine or grapefruit to get 100% of your daily RDA.

Yogurt

Beside tasting yummy, yogurt is an excellent source of beneficial bacteria. Our intestinal tracts rely on this type of bacteria for effective and healthy digestion. Live active cultures can dramatically increase our white blood cells, which are part of the immune system “attack team”. The white blood cells search and destroy bad bacteria and viruses. Many researchers believe beneficial bacteria can effectively treat conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics can pose a threat to this good bacteria, since even one dose of antibiotics can kill all the bacteria in our gut, (both good and bad). So if you’ve recently had to take an antibiotic, consider supplementing your diet with yogurt to reintroduce good bacteria to your system.

Getting the best yogurt, one that Contains only live and active cultures and milk, may require a trip to your local health food store. Many grocery store brands are heat treated which negates much of yogurt’s natural benefits.

To get the most effect from the bacterial contained within yogurt, you may need to eat several servings a day. If that much yogurt than you can handle, consider adding a probiotic capsule to your daily routine. We stock several excellent probiotics at our Garland chiropractic office.

Green and Black Teas

Both green and black teas offer many well documented immune enhancing benefits. Green and black teas boast an important amino acid, theanine, which is used in fighting illness. Teas are also a good source of antioxidants, which are another critical component of our immune systems.

Protein

Protein contains zinc, which the body uses to fight off infections. Even a mild zinc deficiency can lower our ability to fight infections. For people who wish to avoid animal protein, try drinking whey or soy based protein shakes. (Always look for Non-GMO sources.)

Unsaturated fats

To function optimally, our bodies require healthy fats. For centuries, Virgin olive oil has been used around the world for its health benefits. Health-conscious consumers should mainly use healthy oils that contain omega-3s. Both olive oil and coconut oil are excellent sources of omega-3 fats. Whenever possible avoid the “cooked” oils such as canola, safflower, vegetable, etc. These oils interfere with cell metabolism of sugar compounds, which can contribute to diabetes.

Echinacea

Although not a food, this natural herb has been used centuries to stimulate the immune system At the first signs of a cold or flu, try taking a a dose of echinacea. Many stores carry the herb in both tablet and tincture form. Naturopathic doctors and nutritionists often recommend starting the herb at the first sign of an illness. You are advised to continue taking the recommended daily dosage for another couple of days once symptoms subside.

Note: Don’t take the echinacea for more than about 2 weeks at a time or use continuously as a preventive, as it can overstimulated the immune system.

Enjoy the winter months in good health

As you add these natural immune-boosting foods and herbs to your diet, try to cut down on other choices that can lower your immune system, like processed foods high in sugar and fat. Keep your immune system healthy and happy and your body will sail through the winter months without a sniffle!

At Texas Spine & Wellness, we offer a wide range of supplements that can help strengthen your immune system and help you feel your best. In addition, we offer personalized nutrition testing and customized clinical nutrition. Our programs have helped hundreds of local residents improve their health and vitality.

If you’d like to learn more about our Wellness programs, please give us a call. Our Garland chiropractors will be happy to talk with you about your concerns and explain how we can help.

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