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Top 4 Places & Events to Enjoy Franklin TN in the Fall

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Franklin TN in the fall

With the blazing hot summer days coming to an end and fall creeping up on us it’s time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the season. Though I may be bias, I feel Franklin, TN is one of the most breath taking places to watch the seasons change. If you are looking to get out by yourself or with family here are 4 of the top places to enjoy Franklin TN in the fall.

1. Best Place to Take the Kids: Gentry’s Farm

Gentry’s Farm located at 1974 New Highway Ninety Six West Franklin, TN 37064 is a child’s dream. The farm is open the weekends of September 29th – October 29th and features 25 acres of home grown pumpkins for picking. There is a $6 admission fee (ages 2-65) for the activity area which includes a pretend country café, farm play set, pretend farmer’s market, “I Spy” farm set, hands-on loom, Lincoln logs, horseshoes, hayrides through the historic farm, inside straw maze, friendly farm animals, grain troughs, tire swings, four acre corn field maze, and more. For hours of operation and more information visit their website at: http://www.gentryfarm.com

2. Fun For All Ages: Pumpkinfest

Franklin’s 29th annual Pumpkinfeast is coming October the 27th and you won’t want to miss it! The free and open to the public festival is held on downtown Main Street and the surrounding roads. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enter the costume contest, you can even dress up your furry friends and enter them in the pets costume contest. Activities include over 75 arts and crafts vendors, a children’s area, Sister Cities’ Great Pumpkin, Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off and more. If you don’t want the fun to stop take a night tour through historic Resthaven cemetery on North Margin Street for $15 per adult and $5 per child. For more information visit: http://www.historicfranklin.com/events/pumpkinfest

3. Parents Getaway: Wine Down Main Street

Wine Down Main Street started in 2001 and has since become a well-known and excitedly anticipated tradition to many in Franklin. This year the tasting will take place on Friday November the 2nd. During this event adults sample wines from around the world while exploring the delightful shops along historic Main Street. This is the most unique wine tasting event in Franklin with world class wines that bring people from all over, including 20 states and many foreign countries. To purchase tickets and find out further details visit: http://www.winedownmainstreet.com

4. Indoor Entertainment For Cold Fall Nights: The Boiler Room Theater

The Boiler Room Theater is conveniently located in the heart of Franklin at The Factory, 230 Franklin Rd. building 8. This is an intimate theater which seats 120 guests in movie-theater style seats and cost $20 per ticket for all shows unless you have a season pass. The fall calendar this year has 2 very different shows running. The first, Parade, running October 5th -20th is the true story of the tragic trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder. The second running October 26th – November 3rd is the well-known Rocky Horror Show. This play tells the tale of two clean-cut young people who run into trouble on their way to visit an old college professor and seek help at the freaky Frankenstein mansion. To explore the theaters calendar or purchase tickets you can visit their website at: http://www.facebook.com/BoilerRoomTheatre

Do you know of more fun and exciting events to enjoy Franklin TN in the fall? Comment to share them below

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6 Common Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

What is a Pinched Nerve?

People often confuse any back pain with the pain of a pinched nerve in the back. While back pain can be a symptom of many conditions, pinched nerves take place when there is too much pressure applied to a nerve by the surrounding tissues. In certain cases the tissue compressing the nerve may be bone or cartilage, while in other cases it may be due to muscle or tendons. This abundance of pressure interrupts the nerves proper function causing several symptoms including pain or tingling. Pinched nerves may take place in many points of the body such as the back, neck, legs, or wrists.

 
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?

There are many instances that cause nerve compression leaving countless ways that a person may develop a pinched nerve. Anything from sports injuries to sleeping in the wrong position to poor posture can all be the culprit of a pinched nerve and cause potential symptoms of a pinched nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused when the median nerve which runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand is pressed or pinched at the wrist. The carpal tunnel, a narrow tunnel-like structure of ligaments and bones in the wrist, holds the median nerve and tendons. When the median nerve becomes compressed or swollen pain, weakness, or numbness in the hands or wrist may be present. In certain cases pain may also radiate up the arms as well. The most common cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is repetitive hand or wrist movement such as those from constant typing or computer work.  

6 Common Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve:

  • Muscles spasms, an involuntary contraction of a muscle, ranging from slight to moderate in pain.
  • Decreased sensation or numbness in the affected area.
  • Tingling sensations in the hands, feet, or legs. Some have also described it as feeling as if their hands or feet were continually falling asleep.
  • If a nerve is pinched in the spinal cord you may experience a sharp or burning pain that may worsen when you sneeze or cough.
  • Twitching or weakening of the muscles along the path of the affected nerve area.
  • Hot or cold sensations in the affected area.

Treatments:

With lots of rest and the help of all natural pain relievers or ice packs some may recover from a pinched nerve within a few days to a week. If the symptoms do not subside it is important to seek chiropractic care to relieve the inflammation and pressure around the nerve so that you may return to normal function.

When a nerve is pinched for a short time and then relieved you usually regain normal function with no permanent damage. However if the pressure continues without treatment you run the risk of subjecting yourself to chronic pain along with permanent nerve damage.

Still have questions? Comment below or call our office at (615)503-9900.

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4 Tips to Help Your Student Avoid Back Pain

childrens backpack back painThe beginning of the school year is a crazy time for most families. There are a million and one things to think about, organize, and prepare for. Something that often gets lost is the chaos though is the effect that the two ton backpacks and hours of sitting at a desk have on students. Here are four tips to help your student avoid back pain and excel.

 

1. Backpacks Make a Difference!

We have all heard how damaging heavy backpacks can be on our children and students. Unfortunately though to the majority they are a necessity. So since we can’t ban backpacks here are a few things you should keep in mind when wearing them.

• Don’t overload; carry only what you need for each class and try storing the rest in a desk or locker.
• No one looks cool when they’re in pain, which is exactly what you will feel if you were your back pack low on your hips. Wear backpacks higher on your back and if there is a waist strap use it to help distribute the weight more evenly.
• Always use both shoulder straps. This keeps the backpack more stable on your back and won’t cause your shoulders to carry uneven weight or pressure.

2. Be Aware of Computer and Keyboard Placement!

Often times since we are sitting while at a deck or working on a computer we don’t realize how damaging the long hours can be on our bodies. The improper placement of computers can lead to both back and neck pain. To help avoid this simply follow the steps below.

• If possible adjust your chair so that your feet can be placed flat on the floor with your knees even to or below your hips.
• Place your keyboard directly in front of you so that it is close and centered to your body. Make sure the height placement of your keyboard allows for your shoulders to be relaxed and your wrists straight.
• Try to sit about arm’s length away from your computer monitor with it tiled so that your neck is in a centered and neutral position while viewing.
• Remember to take breaks often to avoid straining your body and your eyes.

3. Posture

There’s a reason why adults are always telling kids not to slouch and that’s because it’s horrible on your spine. Standing and sitting with good posture creates a strong stable spine, while slouching makes your muscles work harder to remain balanced and eventually leads to back pain.

• Proper Standing Posture: While standing keep your chest high with your shoulders back and relaxed. Keep your feet parallel and remember to place your weight on both feet evenly, not leaning to one side as many of us tend to do. However remember to keep your knees relaxed and avoid the tendency to lock them when your weight is balanced evenly.
• Proper Sitting Posture: Find a chair that allows both your feet to rest flat on the floor with your knees level to your hips. Keep your upper back and neck straight with your shoulders relaxed.

4. Know the Signs

It is important to watch for the signs of bad posture and Scoliosis in children because they may not always experience pain. As with anything you always want to intervene as soon as possible to help the situation. While bad posture may be corrected by simply teaching your child the proper ways to stand and sit, Scoliosis will need to be diagnosed and treated by a Chiropractor. Scoliosis is a deformity or curvature of the spine that is not caused or related to bad posture. Symptoms and signs of Scoliosis include:

• Difference in shoulder, shoulder blade, or hip height or position
• Head not resting center to the body
• Difference in arm length or position when standing straight.
• While bending forward the sides of the back appear to be different heights

Back pain and Scoliosis are both serious matters than can pull focus from your child’s academics. If your child is currently experiencing back pain or you would like to have them tested for Scoliosis please call our office at (615)503-9900 to set up an appointment.

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Do Chiropractors Really Need Your X-rays?

In short, yes. Chiropractic x-rays are used as a diagnostic tool for doctors and play a crucial role in ensuring you are provided with the proper treatment and care.

Why X-Rays Are Important:

X-rays are important because they allow the doctor to see a visual of your spinal condition. Through x-ray films the doctor can determine the health of your spine as well as if any fractures, dislocations, subluxations (a misalignment of the intricate spinal bones called vertebra), arthritis, infections, or tumors are present.

Are X-Rays Required:

Ultimately whether or not x-rays are required for a patient to receive care is up to the doctor’s discretion. Since the majority of people seeking chiropractic care are doing so because of pain it is often necessary to take x-rays in order to determine the cause of symptoms.

There are several reasons though where x-rays are not needed or required to be adjusted. For instance x-rays are usually not taken on children unless scoliosis is suspected. Also for safety reason x-rays should never be taken if you are pregnant and you are usually not required to take new films if you have had recent spinal x-rays which the doctor can review.

Do All Chiropractors Use X-Rays:

No, there are chiropractors who do not require that you have x-rays before they will adjust you. However I would be weary of a chiropractor that never uses x-rays and does not acknowledge the sometimes necessary importance of x-rays as a diagnostic tool. Just like you wouldn’t want a surgeon cutting blindly into your body, you wouldn’t want a chiropractor performing spinal manipulations or adjustments without knowing the condition of your spine.

On the other hand you don’t want a chiropractor who suggests new films be taken every few months. Like anything in life there is a balance and you should look for a chiropractor who understands when x-rays are needed and when they are not.

Radiation:

Now it’s time to address the elephant in the room, radiation. Many people have valid fears of x-rays because of the sometimes harmful effects radiation can cause.

Anytime you are subjected to radiation there is a slight risk which is always taken into consideration by the doctor when deciding to take x-rays. However with advances in technology, better films, and screens the x-rays of today put out significantly less radiation than those of the past.

Still have questions? We would be happy to answer them, call our office at 615-503-9900!

Bags That Are Easy On the Back

childrens backpack back painBack pain can be caused by fashion bags and backpacks 

Some women are willing to go to great lengths in the name of fashion, but chronic back or neck pain shouldn’t be one of them. Especially since there are so many bag styles today that can help relieve back tension caused by certain bag shapes and weight.

The American Chiropractic Association suggests that women carry bags or purses that weigh no more than 10% of their body weight. For example a 140 lb woman should carry a bag no heavier than 14 lbs.

Some of you may read that and think how could someone possibly have 14 lbs. of stuff in their purse. More and more women everyday are becoming victims of the Mary Poppins bag crisis.

The time has come to become informed about what types of bags we should carry as well as sort through our purses and make the tough decision of what really needs to stay.

Bag Styles to Avoid:

  • Long-Strapped Shoulder Bags: Though the thought of carrying a fashionable purse while remaining hands free is extremely appealing, it has no benefit on your back. These bags tug you to one side and unevenly distribute the weight of your purse on your body.
  • Wide Purses: A wide bag placed on your shoulder will cause your arm to stick out rather than staying comfortably at your side. Not only does this look awkward it’s also hazardous to your spine.
  • Slouchy Over-sized Bags: Over-sized bags are not born evil; it’s how we treat them that will determine if they are good or bad. However slouchy bags offer no support and for those of us with little self-control an oversized bag is too much of a temptation.

Bag Buying Tips:

  • Purchase small to medium sized over the shoulder bags that you can tuck under your arm.
  • Over the shoulder bags should rest as close to your middle as possible. On average you want it to hit at about your waist, if you are petite however you want the purse to fall more at your chest level.
  • Structure, Structure, Structure! If a purse lacks structure your items will constantly be shifting around causing your balance to be continually thrown off. An over-sized bag can work as long as it has a firm base and shape. Inner compartments are also girls best organizational as well as back tension relieving friend.
  • Look for bags made of soft, lightweight material. You can carry a lot more when you start with an empty purse that weighs 1 pound as opposed to an empty purse that weighs 5 pounds.
  • Try bags with thicker straps that will comfortably lay over your forearm.
  • Carry a stiff smaller purse in your hand.
  • When carrying heavier items such as laptops or large books you should place them in a low riding backpack. Our lower lumbar vertebrae are large bones intended to bear more weight than the neck and upper back.

If carrying a bag weighing less than 10% of your body weight is not an option for you it is advised that you at least regularly switch the side of your body holding the bag. It also helps to distribute the weight more evenly if you can position the bag more towards your center as opposed to placing all the weight on just one side.

Comment below to let us know how these tips worked for you!

 

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5 Healthy Fast Food Alternatives in Franklin, TN

Healthy Fast Food Alternatives in Franklin, TN
Moes Southwest Grill in Franklin, TN

Are you continuously looking for the best lunch spot in Franklin, TN? In today’s society everyone is constantly on the go forcing many of us to improvise on our lunch breaks. Unfortunately this leads some of us to greasy fast food chains that don’t give our bodies the proper nourishment and energy to keep up with our hectic lives. Thankfully though there are more and more healthy fast food alternatives popping up everyday.

All of the following are great quick and healthy lunch break options.

Subway

This is a wonderful quick lunch substitute that allows you to see exactly what you’re getting and pick the healthiest options. They offer a wide variety of “good for you” choices including whole wheat breads and vinaigrette dressings. So next time you’re in a hurry instead of visiting the golden arches try pulling into Subway and eating fresh!

Moes Southwest Grill

Moe’s has a similar style to Subway’s except with tacos. You get to build your own taco, burrito, or bowl and have the peace of mind knowing that the meat is 100% hormone free. After you’re done be sure to stop in the office and say hi! We are located in the same parking lot right behind Moe’s.

Whole Foods

If you have never been inside of a Whole Foods before it may be a little overwhelming at first but hang in there because it’s definitely worth it. Whole Foods, like other grocery stores, has a section of pre-made lunches you can purchase on the go. There is even a buffet with a variety of ever changing tasty dishes where you can make your own plate!

Calypso Cafe

Here you will find a great casual atmosphere along with great food. Calypso is known for its cuban black beans, bountiful salads, rotisserie chicken, island burgers and vegetarian items. If you have any special dietary needs this is the place for you offering several vegan and gluten free options.

Burger UP

This option isn’t as quick as the previous restaurants but you can always order to go if you’re in a time crunch. Burger Up is a personal favorite because not only is the food excellent all of the ingredients come from local farmers! Their philosophy is that it not only feels better knowing where your food comes from, it tastes better too. Be sure to try some of their delicious made in house sauces while enjoying your meal.

Did your fast food alternative make the list? Comment below to let us know about your favorite healthy lunch spot!

4 Common Symptoms Of Whiplash And Their Treatments

whiplash chiropractic Franklin, TNWhiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is an injury to the neck. Whiplash is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward, and often occurs but is not limited to the result of a car accident. Whiplash can be diagnosed by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck. Due to whiplash the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged. Whiplash can also injure the brain, causing concussion, or traumatic brain injury. Due to the number of different delicate body structures that can be hurt in a whiplash injury, the symptoms of whiplash can be widely varied.

Common Whiplash Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms related to whiplash injury are:

  1. Neck pain and stiffness: Trauma such as whiplash, if not properly treated, can cause neck pain for years following the injury and often result in a misalignment, called a subluxation, of the neck or spine. When the delicate bones of the neck, called vertebra, become misaligned pressure, tension, and stress are placed on the joints, muscles, discs, and nerves in the neck producing pain and muscle spasms. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxations.
  2. Headaches: It is frequent for whiplash patients to experience severe headaches or migraines following their injury. There are several types of headaches including tension, stress, cluster, migraines, sinus, and more which may start as a result of the neck injury. You may experience these headaches occasionally or frequently and they may range from dull to throbbing with some causing debilitating pain and nausea.
  3. Pain and soreness in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades: What affects the neck will affect the shoulder and vice versa. This explains why changes in the structure and function of the neck are one of the most common reasons for shoulder pain.
  4. Decreased mobility: Due to the pain associated with whiplash injury most people experience a mild to severe decrease in their mobility and function. Chiropractic spinal manipulation help to gently move the misaligned bones back into proper position, decreasing pain and giving back full range of motion.

Other Whiplash Symptoms

Other whiplash symptoms include: upper back pain, lower back pain, nausea, tingling, jaw pain, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, changes in vision, balance problems, swelling, bruising, soreness, tenderness, tightness, light-headedness, wrist pain/numbness, sciatica (leg pain), fatigue, concussion, hormone disorders, menstrual disorder, occipital neuralgia, sore throat, loss of voice, weakness, feeling depressed, fibromyalgia, and anxiety.

Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma. Due to this It is advised that you be examined as soon as possible after any injury that may have caused whiplash. If pain is present it is important to remember that pain is not the problem; it is a symptom of an underlying health issue that needs attention.

The Solution

Research has shown chiropractic to be one of the most effective treatments for whiplash pain and injury available today. Chiropractic spinal manipulation and spinal adjustments are an important part of the treatment and recovery process when healing from any injuries.

Chiropractic care is an all natural therapy which involves the chiropractor using his hands to adjust and treat misalignments in the spine also known as subluxations. Spinal manipulation and spinal adjustments can in many cases fix the subluxation, relieve pain in the soft tissues, increase circulation, and stimulate the body’s nervous system. The doctor may also use physical therapy techniques and exercises in the office to help maintain pain relief and strengthen your neck. In some cases you may be given exercises to perform at home to help with pain relief and strengthening in between office visits.

Subluxations can be corrected with chiropractic care and works best when caught early. Please don’t wait to see if the pain will simply go away on its own. Pain may be sending you a message that you are suffering from spinal subluxations that over time can lead to a multitude of health problems.

Take the first step in stopping your suffering by calling our Chiropractic office here in Franklin, TN at (615)503.9900 to schedule a consultation and exam.

How Frequently Should I Get My Back Adjusted?

Franklin Chiropractor – Q & A

There are many different aspects that determine the frequency of chiropractic visits. Generally though you can form a frequency sliding scale based on how creatively your pain occurred. For instance, if you slept on your stomach for three days you probably won’t need to come as often as someone who para sailed into a tree. Since there are so many variables though, it is impossible to determine the frequency of chiropractic visits you will need without first performing a thorough examination. Every injury is unique and because of that calls for a unique treatment plan to help each patient reach their level of maximum restored health and movement.

 The Pop Explained

People who have never been to a chiropractor often have a picture in their head of how the doctor will turn them into someone flexible enough to be twisted into a pretzel and “cracked”. There usually surprised to find that there are many different forms and techniques of care that can be based around their personal comfort level. Adjustment types range from non-force, to low force, decompression care, to hands on treatment.

Symptoms

The doctor will take into consideration both your symptoms and comfort level when choosing which types of care will be the most beneficial for you as an individual. To help with the healing process Dr. Hinz may also assign physical therapy exercises for you to do while in the office and at home to strengthen muscles. Though the doctor will set a treatment plan with a frequency of chiropractic visits, your level of commitment to your care and appointments truly determines how long and how often you will need treatment.

Alignment

Our bodies function best when our spines are aligned properly and have a normal nerve supply. When subluxations, a bone out of place that is not completely dislocated, or misalignments are present our bodies cannot perform as they are meant to. This often results in deteriorating function and pain. Though subluxations can occur from traumatic injuries related to sports or car accidents, they can also form as a result of strenuous lifestyle habits, poor posture, and mental or physical stress. Almost half the patients we see are not from serious accidents but form patients who hurt themselves getting up from the couch. Chiropractic care concentrates on correcting these injuries through adjustments which result in pain relief and better overall health.

All Natural

Chiropractic is an all-natural approach that targets the problem instead of covering up the symptom of pain with medication. This allows you to return to normal function without the sometimes dangerous side effects of drugs and surgery, along with a better long term cost comparison.

Make an appointment today with your Franklin Chiropractor to find out exactly how your treatment plan will look and how many chiropractic visits you will need.

4 Time-Saving Tips to Better Your Health and Well-Being

1. PROCRASTINATION IS THE ENEMY:

Procrastination, we all do it! Don’t let its popularity fool you though, procrastination can lead to a deterioration of your mind, body, and soul. Though right now putting things off may seem convenient, you always pay for it later. Payment comes in many different forms, it could be the worry and anxiety that comes from unfinished work or tasks, or the stress from having to rush to finish something you put off. On top of that many times rushing leads to mistakes or halfway done projects which require extra time to fix. The repercussions of procrastination hit hard, but avoidance is simple. Save yourself the worry and stress by just doing things now.

2. CREATE A HOME GYM:

Not only are gym memberships expensive, fitting the commute into your day can become a struggle. Setting up a home gym allows you to exercise immediately at any time of the day or night. To accomplish this you do not need thousands of dollars of equipment or even a spare room to dedicate to exercise. Most of what you need, a chin-up bar, an exercise ball, and some rubber bands and tubing, can all be stored in a closet and taken out/put away when needed.

3. ORGANIZATION IS KEY:

Finding and taking the time to organize your space may be tough but believe me it is worth it. Think of all the minutes in the day you spend trying to find what you’re looking for. Taking the time to organize your life now means saving the time and hassle it takes to find things later.

4. COOK WHEN YOU CAN:

In today’s world we all try to travel at light speed, often leaving little time for food preparation and cooking. So for some eating right can be a nightmare, seeing as few health foods come in microwavable or TV dinner form. Like it or not though when choosing to eat healthy, cooking is a must. Instead of rushing to try and prepare meals before school or after work try pre-cooking meals that can be reheated and served quickly. During the weekend when you have time cook lean meat or fish, steam veggies, boil brown rice or whole-wheat pasta, store them in the fridge or freezer and you’ll have healthy meals ready to go all week.