“I sit the majority of the day”
“I am always on my feet”
This may come as no surprise, but when you are active, in an intentional manner, you actually increase your energy! Many rely on stimulants that increase Dopamine; the hormone in our body responsible for alertness and wakefulness. However, we can achieve the same affect just by moving more! High intensity movement stimulates the production and utilization of Dopamine and other endorphins that can increase your ability to overcome that mid-day slump. The difference is if that movement is something we enjoy, or are doing laboriously. Instead of reaching for a cup of caffeine, try a 30minute walk during your lunch break! Even in colder weather, that fresh air and movement can work wonders!
When you use your body properly, your brain is growing! No matter what age you are!! How amazing of a deal does that sound? This is because you are fostering the growth and health of the myelin sheath; a membrane that surrounds the axons of each neuron in your brain. The thicker the sheath, the faster the communication of information occurs. This results in the ability to be sharper, and more effective in your daily actives; which is absolutely a confidence booster! This works for kids too! In their younger years, movement is necessary for brain development! If they lack the ability to intentionally move their bodies and play, their brains do not gain the proper stimulation they need to grow and develop fully. There is no age limit to this benefit, we can all improve our cognitive abilities no matter how many times we have journeyed around the sun.
While a lot of people focus on changing their diet along with exercise, sometimes doing both at once becomes more of a challenge. Pausing the complete overhaul in diet, and sticking to moving first may be an easier building process. None-the-less, when you start adding more activity into your day, you will increase your appetite! This is because a once slugging Digestive System is now being stimulated and wants to do the work it has always desired too! Which is, properly breaking down your food to fully extract the proper nutrients you need to keep building muscle, and also, shrinking fat cells. It takes a lot of work! You need to fuel up. Now, I am not saying we need to be sticking to our diets of frozen meals and pizzas on a whole. Replacing just one meal with something hearty and nutrition packed, preferably post work out, can make a world of difference. Abs are in fact, made in the kitchen.
The truth is, you get the most out of your meals if you move first.
How is this possible? I just told you it increases energy!? Yes, but the same hormones and endorphins that are driving your energy boost, also decrease unwanted stress and tension within your system. Less stress, means a more relaxed body and mind. The more relaxed our body and mind, the better we sleep. It’s that simple. The more intense the movement and exercise, the more rested we will be. When looking at children and adolescents, parents can always point out a time of night [typically between the hours of 5pm & 7pm] when the child is either “completely wired” or “presents with consistent breakdowns/moodiness”. As adults we experience this too. When 9pm rolls around, and we want to fall asleep, we sometimes find our minds racing and our bodies completely sore or uncomfortable. For both age groups, this could be a result of either not enough positive movement throughout the day, or, an overabundance of negative stimulation throughout the day.
Tip: Try an easy yoga routine, or a fun “dance party” with the family before bed.
Keep the activity fun, positive and intentional! As long as you have good vibes, you may just experience smiles all the way to bedtime!
Sir Issac Newton quoted “A Body in motion, stays in motion”. Your posture determines a lot about how your body functions overall. This is because our muscles and skeletal systems protect the overall integrity of our spine! Housed within our spine is our Central Nervous System; the major highway that connects our entire body to our brain! If we are stressed, and moving or not moving enough in a stressed position, our body will eventually break down. This degeneration long term results in what we would see as slumped shoulders and a hanging head that is reminiscent of an entitled teenager. Poor posture can be the result of misalignments in the spine that cause direct interference of our overall body function and communication. If we do not move properly, our body will remain stagnant and the misalignments will remain there, causing long term damage to our overall health! Who wants that? Proper movement allows our body to stay limber, loose, and as mentioned before alleviated from stress! This flexibility allows our body to be more adaptable, which results in less damage to the spine and surrounding soft tissue around it!
No matter where you are at in your movement journey, note that it’s truly about FEELING good, and doing the best that you can for your body in a true health an wellness standpoint.
Quick 15minute Yoga routine before you get ready in the morning, or before retiring to bed at night
Every 30minutes, get up from your desk and move around
Find a new place to eat your lunch that you can walk to
Play games like Charades or have a dance party for 10mins or more with your family each night
Go on a walk with your family or a friend
Get a fitness tracker and monitor your step count! Don’t get discouraged, instead find creative ways to get more steps in each day!
- Mackenzie Cooledge D.C.
Ever wonder what leads individuals to find their careers? It was migraine headaches that brought Dr. Mackenzie to Chiropractic Care!
“When I was 16 years old I started suffering from chronic migraines. At that age I was extremely active in sports and in the community, and knew that my parents were making sure my siblings and I were eating a well-balanced diet. I figured since I was young, and seemingly healthy, I never mentioned them to anyone for a long time. I would brush it under the rug, attributing it to lack of caffeine or changes in hormones. I did what any other person would, and I kept OTC extra strength migraine pills in my purse.
“By the time I was 18 years old, I was taking alleviating medications daily. If the "prescribed dosage" recommended 2x every 4 hours, I would take them. For me, what I thought I was doing was "preventing" my migraines the only way I knew how. I would always have a consistent dull ache, and sometimes, even with the pain-relievers, I would still wake up with a full-blown Migraine. After a routine checkup with my dentist I was informed I was grinding my teeth at night, and had TMJ dysfunction. He asked if I ever had headaches, and I exclaimed, "ALL THE TIME!". His solution was a night brace to wear to keep me from grinding my teeth. Other than that, the issue, was unsolvable. “When I met Dr. Mike during our undergraduate studies, he was deeply concerned about my situation. First, we thought I may need to get my vision checked. Even after obtaining a low prescription for my eyesite, I was still getting headaches, and migraines. Then he mentioned his cousin also had TMJ dysfunction, and had great success with her symptoms after seeing a Chiropractor.
“Although, I was terrified of Chiropractic care, I was so desperate for relief. I was tired of carrying the medications on me, and I knew they were contributing to long term breakdown within my body.
“At 19 years old, I received my very first Chiropractic adjustment for a subluxation in my upper cervical spine. My numbed, dull, headache I was currently experiencing at the time, instantly went away. I did not feel the need to take any more pain relievers for the rest of the day. The next morning, for the first time in almost 5 years, I had woken up without ANY PAIN!
“To me it was a miracle. After years of education and exposure, I now know that pain-relief is just the tip of the iceberg! The corrections relieve torsion and tension on the spinal cord and surrounding muscles, alleviating the symptoms that made up my migraine headaches.
“An aligned spine and healthy nervous system has not only allowed me to live migraine free, but has also improved other areas of my life I never even knew were "problems". Overall, the impact Chiropractic care has had on my life has been astounding. Yet, it was that freedom from the initial symptom of the migraines that made me yearn to discover more.
“I am so proud to have Chiropractic in my and my family's life, and honored to be able to share its benefits with my community!” – Dr. Mackenzie
So What Can Thrive Do For You to Help With Your Migraines or Headaches?
Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function and help with stress in the head and neck. Ask us for advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques which will help with joint stress and stress in the neck and head!
We don’t simply want you to survive… we want you to THRIVE!
Q1: What was your perception of Chiropractic Care before your experience at Thrive Family Chiropractic?—- up until I meet you and Dr Mike I always had the idea that you needed to have some sort of a problem and or injury( ie: chronic back problem or pain from a past injury that had not fully healed) to be put under care of a chiropractic care.
Q2: What was your first impression of Thrive Family Chiropractic?—- very educational focused. You guys quickly taught me that you do not need to have a true pain problem to be seen.
Q3: What is something new you have learned about Health and Wellness throughout your care at TFC?—- it was a refresh of my science and anatomy class lol j/k. I got a better and deeper understanding on how having a good healthy spine has more effects then just keep me standing up straight.
Q4: What changes have you noticed personally, since your care at Thrive Family Chiropractic?—- I am no longer walking so heavy on my left side and now walking more evenly. Also when I do catch that good old cold my recovery is faster then the past. I recover now in days from a cold where the past it could be a week(s)
Q5: Who would you recommend Chiropractic to?—- my friends and family :)
Q6: Any additional testimonial? You guys rock ! - Matt D
Chiropractor visits may just be the saving grace for all those who sit at a desk all day. When back and neck pain are among the most common complaints for which patients seek chiropractic help, those that spend their time sitting for much of the day will inevitably feel stiffness and pain. A sedentary lifestyle has long been known to have adverse effects on the body, but through the practice of spinal manipulation the benefits are numerous. Chiropractic care is a specific type therapy that focuses on maintaining healthy musculoskeletal and nervous systems to safeguard overall wellness. Along with the urging the reader to get up and get moving as much as possible, we strongly advise all to seek the aid of a chiropractor. The benefits include the following:
Improves joint mobility
Helps strengthen the immune system
Improves cognitive ability
Helps with retention of lung capacity
Maintain reaction time and balance
Provides headache relief
Drug-free pain care
Noninvasive treatment option
Reduces depression risk
While this list is certainly not exhaustive, it does provide a clear picture of what someone might gain from visiting a chiropractor. The benefits will cover your body and mind, from head to toe. Schedule a visit with one of our licensed chiropractors today to start the process of improving your spine, joint, and overall wellness.
To be 100% present for patients, and to advise and guide them down their path to health.
Chiropractic was a lifestyle for me growing up. I have been under Wellness care myself since the age of 7. As I grew older I knew I wanted an active job where I could impact peoples lives. I chose to study Kinesiology/Exercise Science during my undergraduate, and one day the light bulb just clicked on the path I needed to take, and that was Chiropractic.
The best part of my day is seeing peoples’ eyes light up when they begin experiencing the changes in the way their bodies are functioning. Seeing someone accomplish a goal they thought was impossible, is truly beyond words.
We seek to allow the body to function as it was meant to, as a self-healing organism.
We strive to have a warm, family friendly environment. A place to relax, open up and heal without the cold, sterility of a typical doctor’s office.
Our goal is to bring our community and those that surround us to a higher level by promoting a mindset of health and wellness through prevention. We want to see our community grow and prosper as much as it can.
One of the reasons I love being a chiropractic is I get to be active and work with my hands. My hobbies are no different. I love to get outside and hike, camp, bike. Kayak, rock climb, anything that gets me active in nature. I also love woodworking, metal working, and building trucks.
Behind the beard is a total baby face.
With human kind's almost incessant use of technology in today’s world, there is a new phenomenon called 'text neck'. (Yes...this is very real).
Literally, the constant use of smartphones - and staring down at them - is causing neck pain and discomfort. In some more severe cases, this can cause more than soreness. With a neck that is constantly bent, soreness, stiffness, and even major injury are sure to follow.
A solution to this 'pain in the neck' is to get chiropractic care. Since looking down at your phone like this often causes actual curvature and misalignments of the spine, chiropractic care can really help you! Thrive Family Chiropractic will use spinal manipulation to properly align the spine and keep it healthier and pain free. Getting care on a regular basis will keep your spine properly aligned and eliminate any level of 'text neck' pain!
We have such a tremendous team here at Thrive Family Chiropractic, and we want to showcase our staff to you! One of our amazing chiropractors is Dr. Mackenzize. Check out her #IThriveDover ‘behind-the-scenes’ interview!
Doctor & Office manager
To love and serve all who come into our office through chiropractic care. No matter how old they are, they automatically become a part of the family.
Through a long journey of different interest and professions. I knew my calling was to do something that would comfort people and empower them to be the best they could be for them to fulfill what they felt their purpose in life is. Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and affective healing art that has the potential to break down barriers and strengthen elements in people’s lives, that can lead them to self-fulfillment.
Being able to create a community that truly becomes a loving supportive family for all.
The body is designed to be self-healing. If it is functioning at 100% it can overcome tremendous challenges. Chiropractic is an element that is essential for all.
Relaxed yet professional, with pops of high energy and fun. We strive to make it comfortable and communal. A space where both young and old can be safe, happy and truly enjoy their experience.
Our dream has always been to create a place where people can gather, come to heal and be free to express themselves while supporting one another. We would love to have made an impact in the dover community that promotes family, wellness and true connection. A happy and healthy city for all to enjoy.