10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Monday, November 6th, 2017

bedroom-organization-feng-shui10 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Whether you have a physically demanding job, lead a hectic lifestyle or spend all day anchored to a chair at an office desk, we all understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Rest replenishes our minds and our bodies and is necessary for healthy functioning. It helps to regulate our mood, improves our memory and strengthens our learning capabilities.

However, for a lot of us, getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done, as our daily lifestyles don’t always allow us the time needed to have an optimal rest. For this reason, we’ve developed a quick and easy guide to help everyone enjoy a more adequate bedtime slumber.

Delving into the science behind sleep reveals that it is largely controlled by biological rhythms, known as circadian rhythms, which play an important role in determining our sleep patterns. These rhythms are in turn governed by our body’s master clock which is responsible for producing melatonin, a hormone that makes us feel drowsy and helps to lower our body temperature.

jogging-at-the-beachUnderstanding the mechanics behind sleep has enabled us to create a list of things we can all do on a daily basis to help encourage a more effective sleep:

Do some exercise at the beginning of your day – this helps to fortify your body’s cortisol rhythm, which is greater during early mornings. Cortisol is an important hormone that activates the body’s anti-stress and anti-inflammatory functions

Expose yourself to some sunlight – our skin contains photoreceptors that help balance the levels of serotonin and melatonin in our bodies

Adjust smartphone brightness levels – engage the night time settings on your smartphone which decrease screen brightness levels at night

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Patient Testimonials for the Grappin Clinic

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Collection of a few Patient Testimonials for Chiropractic Care received at the Grappin Clinic in North Port, Florida

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3 Ways to Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

gluten-free-cakeThree Ways to Have Fun and Avoid Weight-Gain on a Gluten-Free Diet

Once upon a time a woman who adored her cookies and cakes found out that she was much better off without them.

How sad her life seemed as she looked for alternatives to gluten. The gluten-free cookies, cakes, and mixes were extremely high in carbohydrates like tapioca starch, bean flours, potato starch, and rice flour, the highest-glycemic level grain there is! You see, she was also border-line hypoglycemic and certainly didn’t want to become diabetic on top of everything else.

gluten-free-muffinsOh what to do, what to do? She loved to bake and eat her sweets, so she used her creative imagination to come up with recipes made from almond meal flour before anyone (including her) had ever heard of it. She ground almonds in her blender and became braver and bolder each time she experimented with precious, food-stained recipes handed down from her mother.

Her favorite was carrot cake and so she spent years perfecting it, including making a dairy-free “cream-cheese” icing recipe for her friends that could not handle the cow milk products.

Many years of experimenting brought her (meJ ) to a few successfully-slimming food conclusions:

almonds1. For Flours – Lower the carbohydrate level by using almond meal flour and any seed or nut flours in all baking. Not that quinoa and amaranth are considered seeds, which is why they are higher in protein than other grains. Dry flours, like coconut flour and amaranth flour will absorb moisture from “wetter” flours like quinoa. Find the balance you need for the recipe.

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360 View Virtual Tour

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Google 360 View Interactive Virtual Tour of Grappin Clinic North Port, FL

Simply Click and Drag Screen to Rotate 360 degrees and Click on Arrows to Navigate through Tour of Grappin Chiropractic and Acupuncuture Clinic in North Port, Florida.


Type 2 Diabetes and Your Heart Rate

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

anti-aging-diet-elderlyType 2 Diabetes – Physical Activity Improves the Variation in Your Heart Rate

Although heart rates are regular in healthy people, some changes along the way are necessary as well.

The nervous system reacts to the need for more or less blood flow throughout the body by altering the speed of the heartbeats.

In Type 2 diabetes the heart rate can stay the same more than is preferred because the condition damages the nervous system.

diabetes-health-exercisePhysicians recommend physical activity for people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for many reasons, including improved nerve function and the regeneration of nerves in the skin.

A healthy number of changes in the heart rate is associated with better health and a longer life. Scientists at the Universidad Extremadura in Caceres, Spain, and the Universidad Autonoma de Talca in Chile reviewed several articles showing aerobic exercise followed by muscle training could help improve changes in the heart rate.

Their work reported on in September 2017 in the journal Current Diabetes Reports, pooled the information from fifteen studies on the subject of exercise and heart rate changes. Improvements were seen in nine of the studies. The nine studies demonstrated three days of aerobic exercise each week along with some strength training, improved the number of changes in the heart rate.

From this information, the investigators concluded heartbeat rate changes should be measured in people with Type 2 diabetes to help plan routines for preventing diabetic neuropathy and death.

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Chiropractic Care for Sports & Auto Accident Injuries

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

sports-injuriesChiropractic Treatment for Sports and Auto-Accident Injuries

Each of us experiences different kinds of physical injury once in a while.

While most of them can be managed without taking it to a medical doctor, there are those types that should not be taken out of serious consideration as they might further deteriorate and could cause more complications.

Of so many types of injury, auto-accident and sports injury are among the most familiar. Each can be further break into a number of classifications and some of them are the following:

car-accident-injuriesFor auto-accident injuries, they can be…

Middle and lower back pain – another type injury that can be obtained in auto accident, most especially when a sudden external force hit your car.
Whiplash – this is common in auto accident; a type of injury that one can get when hit from behind and suddenly and forcefully projects your head or neck forward and then back.
Joint injury – a type of physical injury that is common not only in auto accident but in sports as well; this is all about injury to any joint in the body, which could involve damage to the bones, ligaments, or other tissues.

tendonitis-elbow-painSport injuries can be…

    Joint dislocations – a type of injury where bones in a joint are displaced or misaligned, which is usually caused by a sudden impact to the joint.
Concussions – this is another type of injury common in sports; this is a type of traumatic brain injury that is often caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or any other circumstances that shake the brain.
On-the-field injuries – those that are obtained while in the game; injuries from accident while playing
Sprains and strains – sprain is a type of injury caused by a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue that connects the end of one bone with another. On the other hand, strain is another common sport injury that is caused by muscle and/or tendon damage.

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Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

wrist-pain-treatmentValuable Particulars About Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Technological up-gradation has undoubtedly gifted humanity with convenience and expediency. But the health hazards that accompanied such advancement can’t be kept apart. An unavoidable physical menace that is vitally victimizing human race and are related with this progression after-math is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Major suffers of which are those engaged with continuous phenomenon of typing or have to work in front of computers. Other causes that may lead a person to this traumatic malady involves:

Wrist pain or fracture
Hormonal causes
Rheumatoid arthritis
Fluid retention, etc.

carpal-tunnel-of-the-armCapable means of treating this pain can’t be compared with any other kind of curative other than chiropractic care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Actually, the median nerve (or the pinched nerve) is one that connects a person’s forearm with neck and shoulder. In the process of connecting the nerves in between the wrist and neck, it runs down the carpal tunnel.

Detailed process of diagnosis shows that the entire built-up almost appears like a tunnel enclosure. Where, the upper part is stapled with carpal bones and the ground with slanting carpal ligament.

Whenever any sort of hassle occurs in the proper functionality of this entire accumulation of nerves and bones, outcome is unavoidable pain and soreness.

As chiropractic care is popular for its spinal manipulation technique, end most result is utmost relief for a prolonged time span. Chief symptoms that confirms the occurrence of CTS involves:

Immense pain and numbness in wrist (paresthesia)
Burning itchiness in the palm
Swollen fingers
Paralysis, etc.

american-chiropractic-association-2Medicinal or surgical remedies may help the patient to enjoy temporary relief. But there is no assurance that it would be risk-free or will be devoid of any side-effects. At this point, responsible role of chiropractic care is vast. Such healing process gets deeper into the reasons behind the pain. Hence, the treating course gets determined accordingly. As a result of which the victim gets to enjoy a pain-relived life full of mobility and flexibility.

Furthermore, a wider number of people are continuously getting attached with the advantageous healing procedures of chiropractic treatment. This in turn approves the proficiency and coherency of a professional and experienced chiropractor. In this aspect, benefits that are worth mentioning while discussing chiropractic remedies for CTS involve:

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How to Choose the Best Chiropractor

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

bradenton-fl-chiropractor-grappin-chiropractic-care-3Top Tips on Choosing the Best Chiropractor

Before starting chiropractic treatment, it is a good idea to arrange a telephone interview or ask for an in-office consultation to learn more about the chiropractor, the clinic, and the techniques offered.

Sometimes, the chiropractor will request a personal consultation to discuss such details.

For most people seeking chiropractic care, it is important to feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the chiropractor and the clinic. This can go a long way in gaining a positive treatment experience. Consider the things that would make you feel most comfortable and use these as part of your judgment. This may mean how long you have to wait for appointments, how easy it is to get hold of your chiropractor or the location of the clinic.

chiropractic-neck-adjustmentAnswering your own questions is also a crucial part in the decision process. Some things you may want to consider asking include:

Is the chiropractor friendly and polite?
Do you feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor?
Does the chiropractor fully answer all of your questions?
Does the chiropractor listen to your explanation of symptoms and treatment preferences?
How many years has the chiropractor been in practice?

If it makes you feel more comfortable, you may also want to conduct some background research on the chiropractor. It is your body; you can take as long as you need to decide on which chiropractor will be treating you.

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What to Do When You’re Feeling Anxious

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

relaxation-breathing-techniquesExhale and Relax

It’s really that simple. Exhale and relax. Just exhale and relax.

Sounds simple, but for some, it’s not that easy.

This breathing technique I am about to teach you has been used successfully to relax countless times by actors, public speakers, and singers. It is taught in meditation, yoga, Pilates, performing arts, martial arts, boxing, birthing, and archery. For more than 20 years in my Hypnotherapy practice I taught it to new non-smokers and people with anxiety issues.


neck-pain-strainBecause it doesn’t matter what age, gender, or body type, we are all built the same way.

If you take short breaths high up into the chest due to anxiety or panic (or from years of inhaling tobacco smoke), well, the lungs are held rigid by the rib cage, there’s no room for the lungs to move up there, and it can start to feel like the walls are closing in.

Have you ever felt like you can’t seem to catch your breath no matter how much air you gulp in? You are inhaling and inhaling, but it feels like you just can’t get in enough air, and your heart is racing.

By now your Sympathetic Nervous System has kicked in, adrenaline is pumping through your veins, your shoulders are raised and tense. Your body is getting ready to lunge or jump out of the way… not getting ready to give a speech.

Professional vocalists know all that upper chest breathing and tension in the shoulders would greatly affect your ability to concentrate and vocalize in a relaxed tone.

Do you ever see the shoulders of a Newsperson move when they are reading the News? No. But they are breathing. And they seem pretty relaxed.

breathing-techsThe professional vocalist or wind instrument musician breathes the exact opposite way the person having a panic attack does.

The key to enhancing the ability to relax naturally, is to breathe horizontally, not vertically.

To do this, professionals are taught to focus on exhaling more than on inhaling more, using the diaphragm muscles of the abdomen, also known as the “belly breath”.

The only way to make words or music is by exhaling… and for as long as possible, to make as much sustained sound as possible.

Also, the longer a person exhales, the more time the lungs have to snatch oxygen from that breath, a secondary health benefit. Only about 45% of the oxygen is absorbed from each normal breath, and this is a way to increase that.

In order to exhale more than the average person would, the professional tenses their diaphragm muscles to squeeze out the air from the bottom of the lungs, so that on the next inhale, more fresh air enters the lungs that would have with a shallower breath.

So to get more air in, first you have to get more air out.

Breathing in this manner not only gives a person more oxygen, more air to vocalize or play a wind instrument, but it also activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, the part of you that controls your relaxation response, helps you get to sleep, and stay asleep all night. When you are sleeping, your body is primarily using your diaphragm muscles to breathe, and that’s what you mimic.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Whiplash

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

back-pain-whiplashWhiplash Injuries: Symptoms and Treatment

The unfortunate reality of our mobile society is that there are fewer licensed drivers that have never been in an automobile accident. The more years of driving experience a person has, the more likely it is they have been involved in some sort of car accident. The U.S. Census Bureau last estimated that $10.2 million motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2008 alone. These accidents, ranging from minor fender benders to full-on collisions, are leading contributors to whiplash and concussions treated by chiropractors and physicians throughout the US. There is a rising number of bicyclists on the roadways, and whiplash caused by car accidents can be attributed to car-to-bicycle collisions.

Whiplash, car accident related or not, happens when the sudden change in the body’s velocity stretches the muscles and ligaments in the neck beyond normal range. It can occur to both motorists and cyclists involved in collisions. Anybody suffering from symptoms of whiplash should seek whiplash treatment from a chiropractor to help ease pain and stiffness and decrease risk of long-term damage.

To understand the importance of whiplash treatment, read on for information on its causes, symptoms and diagnosis.

car-accident-injuriesWhiplash: The Causes

There are many different causes of whiplash. Car accident injuries are the most common, but sports injuries, bicycle crashes and other accidents can also result in similar neck pain and stiffness.

In an accident where a car is side-swiped, for example, the impact causes the body to fly to the side quickly, with the head following the body’s movements. Sudden stopping of the car flings the head to the other side, often resulting in the head hitting a window. This can leave the spine and soft tissues in the neck unstable, requiring a series of chiropractic appointments for whiplash treatment, or maybe even medical treatment for concussion.

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