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Monthly Charity: St. Baldricks

image001For those of you familiar with our office you know that we regularly wave our consultation and exam fee for a donation to a charity that we “adopt” for the month. This month we are proud to help Jamie Free, owner of Max Muscle, reach his $15,000 donation goal to an extremely deserving charity, St. Baldricks.

For the month of March all new patients coming into the office will receive a consultation, exam, x-rays and first adjustment all for a minimum donation of $25 dollars.

“For many years, researchers struggled to give kids just a few more months of life. While many kids now survive, the search goes on for cures for many childhood cancers. But even for kids who survive, the battle is not over. Because of the treatments they had as kids, by the time they’re in their 30’s or 40’s, more than 73% of survivors will have a chronic health problem and 42% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.”

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About St. Baldricks

The Cure is Not Enough:

St. Baldricks believes in reaching further than a cure. They use your donations to help fund cures while also focusing on research to prevent the lifelong damage that can result from current cancer treatments. Surgeries, radiation and chemotherapies can all leave kids with painful and sometimes life threatening side effects. Because of this St. Baldricks alongside finding a cure, funds and supports research to improve patient care.

It is a sad reality that a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes, but you can help by donating to fund research for better treatment and a cure.

“In the 1950’s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died. Because of research, today about 85% of kids with the most common type of cancer will live. But for many other types. Progress has been limited, and for some kids there is still little hope for a cure.”

St. Baldricks

How You Can Help

Refer your friends, family, people you overhear in the grocery store talking about back pain. The more you refer the more that’s donated!

You don’t have to be a new patient to donate! Existing patients or anyone wanting to help make a difference can donate in the office or by visiting http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/574787 and clicking on donate. If you donate over $10 dollars you will receive $10 Max Muscle bucks to spend at their online store.

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For more information call our office at (615)503-9900!

The Franklin, TN Farmers Market

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Looking for a fun and healthy way to spend your morning? Why not visit your local Franklin, TN Farmers Market! The Franklin, TN Farmers Market is a non-profit agricultural organization that helps support local farmers by providing an area for them to sell their fresh food straight to the public. The Market has come a long way from the 8 farmers who participated in the beginning years, to now over 70 family farms. The market is open year-round with hours of 8am – 1pm.

The Franklin Farmers Market is located behind The Factory (230 Franklin Rd Franklin, TN 37064), at the corner of Franklin Road and Liberty Pike in Franklin Tennessee, and prides itself on being a true farmers market that believes strongly in 3 goals:

  • Our first goal is to keep local family farms productive and profitable by providing a reliable venue for farmers to sell what they grow or produce. Making a profit can be the difference between keeping the farm or selling off the land for housing or commercial developments.
  • Our second goal is to give the public easy access to healthy, locally grown fresh food. All vegetables and fruits; meats, dairy and herbs come from Middle Tennessee farms to the market. Much of the produce in grocery stores has traveled an average of 1,500 miles before it gets on the store shelves. It’s normal for it to be picked before it ripens on the vine, in order to keep it from bruising and rotting on its cross country trip. By the time it’s been picked, packed and trucked in to a grocery, it’s less than fresh and its nutritional value has decreased. Fresher food means more vitamins and minerals for you and your family and food from local farms is just about as fresh as you can get.
  • Our third goal is to educate about the positive impact that farming has on the local economy, the aesthetic values of communities and the environment.

– The Franklin Farmers Market 

 

So next time you’re ready to go grocery shopping try gathering the family together and making a trip to the Farmers Market to have everyone pick out their favorite foods! After visiting the market be sure to check out their website at www.franklinfarmersmarket.com for amazing healthy recipes and fun trivia for the kids.

Together we can help each other by supporting our local farmers and supporting health! Have you been to the Franklin, TN Farmers Market? Share your experience with us below!

Photo Credit: The Franklin Farmers Market

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate those we love and thank them for all that they do. It’s is also a great time to let your kids creativity shine and make something special for their Valentines. Valentine’s Day crafts are a fun way that kids can put their own unique touch on giving to those they care about. Below are some great Valentine’s Day craft ideas for you to share with your children.

DIY Valentine’s Day Craft: Goodie Bags

Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your child’s classmates? Making your own “goodie bags” filled with heart shaped or red sweets is sure to make the kids happy, although for the parents sake you may not want to fill them with too much sugar.

Supplies:

All of these supplies can be found at Michaels, JoAnn’s or your local craft store.

• Small cellophane bags or if you’re in a crunch for time you can use Ziploc bags and just make larger tags
• White, Pink, or Red heavy weight matte paper
• Heart or cupid shaped stamps
• Scissors, you can use craft scissors that cut in patterns or make your own patterns with regular scissors

Instructions:

Start by cutting the heavy weight paper the same length as the opening of your cellophane or Ziploc bag. Fold the tags in half and decorate. Let your child’s creativity take front seat on this DIY project allowing them to customize each baggie tag anyway they like. Place the open end of the tags on each side of the baggie and tape closed. It’s that easy; now just remember to make enough for the whole class!

For picture inspiration on this DIY project visit: www.marthastewart.com

DIY Valentine’s Day Craft: Card for Mom or Dad

Helping your kids make Valentine’s Day cards can be easier and much more fun the running to the mall to try and find a gift. It’s also a great way to save money!

Supplies:

• White, pink, and red construction paper
• Foam letter stamps
• Kids paints in red
• Patterned scissors
• Camera
• Tape

Instructions:

Using the construction paper, stamp letters and paint have your child make different signs saying things like “I love you Daddy”, or “Happy Valentine’s Day Mom”. Next take a picture of your child or children holding the sign/signs. Have the pictures printed or print them on your own photo paper at home.

Take another piece of construction paper and fold it in half to make your card. Cut around the border with your patterned scissors to make the card more interesting. Now just tape the picture or pictures to the front or inside of the card and have your child write a note or sign it. If they are too young to sign their name have them place their hand in the red paint and leave a handprint as their signature!

Have more great Valentine’s Day craft projects for parents to share with their kids! Comment below to share.

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January: National Blood Donor Month

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Giving blood may be something that doesn’t generally cross your mind or may even make some of you cringe. Blood may not be a fun topic but it is a necessity for those in need of it. January is recognized by health professionals as National Blood Donor month and I wanted to take some time and remind everyone how important it is that we give blood.

Reasons for Giving Blood:

There are many reasons why people give blood including:
• Having a friend or family member who is in need of blood.
• Knowing you could be saving a life
• You receive a mini physical before they draw your blood where your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin will all be checked.

There is no right or wrong reason to give blood and there is a continuous need for it.

Requirements for Giving Blood:

• You must be in good health; capable of normal activity
• Weigh a minimum of 110 lbs – Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
• Be at least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law – see more information for 16-year old donors »

Requirements provided by http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

The Donation Process:

1. While signing in you will be asked to fill out eligibility and donation information forms about donating blood and asked for ID

2. You will be interviewed privately about your medical and traveling history. Next you will receive a mini physical where your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin will all be checked.

3. If you are giving blood the actual donation takes approximately 10 minutes. If you are donating platelets, red cells or plasma the donation can take up to two hours.

4. After you have donated a small snack will be provided for you to eat along with something to drink. You will be asked to stay for 10-15 minutes after donating so that they can monitor you and so that any light-headedness can pass.

Be Prepared:

Beyond the initial giving blood requirements it is important that you have a light meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood to help keep you from becoming light headed or passing out. You will need to come ready with your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID. You will also be asked what if any medications you are taking at the time so if you don’t know the names off hand make sure to bring a list.

Give today! To find blood a drive near you visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org

 

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Movember Update

MovemberGiving is one of the most joyous things a person can partake in. During the month of November our office participated in Movember which helps raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research and programs. Myself and many of the patients in our office participated through either donations, growing out their mustache to raise awareness, or both. Though we didn’t reach our $1000.00 dollar goal we did raise $350.00 dollars for this great cause.

Movember:

Movember is a global movement which started in Melbourne, Australia. Today more than 1.9 million people have participated in campaigns from across the globe including the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand, and more.

“No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.”

Awareness:

Movembers focus is not just to raise funds, though that is important, they believe education is truly what saves lives. This is why along with fundraising they encourage men to grow their mustaches out for the entire month of November. Stating that each Movember moustache grown in 2011 sparked a total of 2,413 conversations surrounding men’s health.

“Often it’s the funds raised by a charity that are remembered, but equally important, especially at Movember, is the awareness raised through the power of the moustache. Its awareness that educates and prompts people to take action and change behavior. It’s awareness and education that can ultimately save lives.”

Your Donations:

Funds raised in the US are used to support programs run by Movember and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation. Worried about where your money will go? Another great thing about this wonderful charity is they share how your donations are used. You can visit http://us.movember.com/about/money/ to see a breakdown of where your donation goes. You can also visit http://us.movember.com/about/annual-reports/ to view annual reports.

Even though November has come and gone you don’t have to wait till next year to help. You can donate year round at http://us.movember.com/donate/

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy: What’s the Difference?

5255420355_740976435b_nAs a Franklin chiropractor over the years I have had many questions about the difference between chiropractic and physical therapy. Many people consider the two interchangeable or merely a preference to which you prefer for your recovery. While both physical therapy and chiropractic care aim to heal and restore the body back to proper function, they go about it in two entirely different ways. Let’s begin distinguishing the two by first looking at their true definitions.

Physical Therapy

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines physical therapy as:

: the treatment of disease, injury, or disability by physical and mechanical means (as massage, regulated exercise, water, light, heat, and electricity)

Chiropractic

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines chiropractic as:

: a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures (as the spinal column)

The Difference Between Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

From these definitions we can see that physical therapy works more with the muscles and stretching, while chiropractic care is more structural work on the spine. Many people I have come across have the mindset that after an injury you can pick to either seek help from a physical therapist or a chiropractor and you will receive the same outcome. This however is false. While both chiropractic and physical therapy are crucial in recovering from a major injury you will not receive the same recovery outcome from choosing one over the other to heal.

How Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Work Together

Chiropractic adjustments will help to over time correct the structural alignment to your spine. However if your muscles are not strong enough the bones can easily shift back out of place. Physical therapy helps strengthen your muscles so that they can work to hold the bones in proper alignment. Both physical therapy and chiropractic are wonderful healing tools that when used together can do wonders towards restoring the body.

If you are worried about traveling back and forth between offices for treatment there are options! Many chiropractors, such as myself, use physical therapy techniques in their treatment plans. It is also very common for massage therapists to work in chiropractic offices giving patients the convenience of a one stop shop to recovery.

It is important to state though that while chiropractors may use physical therapy techniques, physical therapists should never perform chiropractic adjustments on their patients unless they have obtained their Doctor of Chiropractic or D.C. degree. Never let anyone who isn’t fully trained and licensed adjust your spine as they could do severe damage.

Now that you know the differences between physical therapy and chiropractic care I hope that you also see the value in both methods for recovery. While there are very distinct differences between the two both are essential to recovering from a major injury.

If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of chiropractic and physical therapy please contact our office at (615)503-9900. We will be happy to answer any of your questions!

Photo By: David Erickson

4 Ways to Fit Exercise Into Your Day

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Fit Exercise into your Day

When it comes to exercise it seems working out always starts out close to the top of our daily to do list. Unfortunately as our days get busier and things come up exercise slowly drops down the list until it’s finally moved to sometime next week.

No matter how busy your schedules become though with the proper planning you can not only fit exercise into your day but make it a permanent place in our daily lives. Here are some tips on how to fit your workout into even the most hectic days.

 1.    Exercise First Thing In The Morning

Exercising when you wake up is one of the best ways to fit workouts into your daily routine. Morning workouts are a great way to energize your body for the day.  Another perk of exercising early is that you can come home from work and sink into the couch guilt free! 

Depending on your personal goals simply set your alarm 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Use the extra time to go for a morning run, hit your at home gym, or workout to an exercise DVD. If you’re like me and at home exercise isn’t for you, check into the gyms near you as many open early for morning exercisers.  

 2.    Involve Your Kids In Your Exercise Routine

Kids are wonderful exercise buddies because they have a never ending supply of energy. They are also great motivators because they have fun which makes them push you to continue. With older children try hiking or swimming and with younger children there are great “mommy/daddy and me” classes available. Another added bonus: working out with your children makes nap time easier.

3.    Use Your Lunch Hour

Lunch breaks are the perfect time to fit your workouts in. Many gyms offer a variety of lunch time fitness classes. If you don’t have a gym close to your office you could look for a nearby park where you could jog.

Usually go to lunch with co-workers? Ask them to join you! Instead of sitting and eating for a full hour invite them to join you for a 30 minute workout and half hour lunch.

4.    Turn Your Office Into a Gym

If you’re having trouble leaving the office to go to the gym, then just bring the gym to your office. Get creative! Don’t just take the stairs instead of the elevator; push yourself by jogging up and down the stairwell in your office on breaks. You can also stretch at your desk.

The most important tip about fitting exercise into your daily routine is planning! Decide what works best for you whether its morning or lunch workouts and stick to it. Staying consistent is extremely important when building new habits!

For more ideas on how to fit exercise into your day visit our blog on Time Saving Tips to Better Your Health and Well-Being

So as you can see, you can fit exercise into your day. Have more tips on making time for exercise on a busy schedule? Comment below to share!

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Local Spotlight: The Well Coffee Shop

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The Well Coffee Shop

This week we are putting the spotlight on an amazing local nonprofit in Nashville. The Well coffee shop located in Green Hills is not typically what you might think of when the word nonprofit comes to mind. When you first walk into The Well it appears to be a hip and relaxing place to enjoy a great cup of coffee and friends. It doesn’t take long though to look past the surface and realize that not only are you getting one of the best cups of coffee in town, but you are also now a part of helping an amazing cause against fighting poverty and bringing clean water to those in need!

It All Started With a Dream

The Well coffee shop was started by a group of friends filled with the love of the Lord whose eyes were opened to the needs of those around the globe as well as right here in Nashville.

The Mission

“We (The Well coffee shop) exist to support God’s mission of giving a life of freedom and hope to oppressed, underprivileged, and impoverished children, women, and men. This missional effort is focused locally and globally through the giving of financial assistance, food, clothing, and other essentials of life. We do this by selling coffee and coffee products and then taking the profit from those sales and giving it  away to those in need.”

–       The Well Coffee Shop

Coffee for a Cause

Thousands of people across the globe die daily due to a lack of clean water. A clean water system, or well, is a key solution to saving so many lives. The cost of building these wells ranges from $1,000 to $12,000 per well. To help reach their goals The Well coffee shop has partnered up with The Living Water Project and Blood Water Mission who both have extensive knowledge about building clean water systems.

Online Store

You can purchase any of the coffee brews found in the Nashville store, online. Not a fan of coffee? No problem, The Well also sells handmade items online and in store! Products such as handbags, clutches, and scarfs are brought in from places all around the world including Honduras, Haiti, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Many of the items even come with the name and picture of the person who handmade it for you! Your in store and online purchases help to provide sustainable income to those in need.

More Ways to Give

One time gifts as well as recurring monthly donations are welcomed and can be set up from The Well coffee shop website

“Together we can make a difference in the community and the world.”

–       The Well Coffee Shop  

Turn your love of coffee into a gift for others in need by visiting The Well today!

 

 Photo By: Mike Monaghan 

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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