Blog Archive

5 Ways to Prevent a Herniated Disc Jun 25th, 2020

Did you know that half of the United States population has experienced a herniated disc at some point? It’s a serious problem that can lead to long-term ramifications like paralysis if left untreated.  At Grand Island Chiropractic Center, we’re well-experienced in diagnosing and treating herniated discs. Timothy Dunugan, DC, and...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Apr 8th, 2020

Are you reading this blog on your tablet or phone? If you are, you’re not alone; the average American adult spends approximately three hours each day on their smartphone, about 21 hours — approaching the equivalent of one full day — of phone time per week.  Unfortunately, spending that much...

Is Back Pain Inevitable As I Age? Mar 10th, 2020

Nothing slows a person down faster than back pain, and there’s no shortage of people who know this firsthand. Back pain is common enough that it affects half of all working Americans every year. But does that mean it’s only a matter of time before it leaves you stranded on...

The Last Diet You’ll Ever Need Dec 26th, 2019

  A diet isn’t always the best option for you. Instead, choose a healthy lifestyle. It’s that time of the year again when we make resolutions to lose some weight and embrace healthier habits. That usually involves some type of “diet.” Every year it seems there are more choices. Paleo....

What Happens When You Get Whiplash? Dec 17th, 2019

Neck pain out of nowhere? Whiplash isn’t just caused by motor vehicle accidents–a fall or athletic injury can also cause it.  Who knew a fun day at the amusement park could result in a whiplash injury? When they hear the word, “whiplash,” most people immediately picture a rear-end motor vehicle...

Autopsies Confirm Chiropractic Premise Dec 16th, 2019

Choosing us for your care means that we’ll examine you as a whole, correcting problems you may not have known about. Over a hundred years ago the founder and developer of chiropractic were considered odd fellows. While most pursued the treatment of diseases based on the germ theory, the Palmers...

The Hygiene Hypothesis Nov 21st, 2019

Keeping your house spotless is one thing–but not being exposed to any germs can actually weaken your immunity. It’s convenient to think of our bodies as machines that take in energy and are able to perform millions of different tasks. Consider the increasingly sophisticated computers and robots that now do...

Internal Inflammation Nov 11th, 2019

It might seem tasty, but fast, highly processed food is a known cause of inflammation. Inflammation is your immune system’s response to an infection, injury or irritation. It’s how our body’s white blood cells protect us from bacteria and viruses. An infected cut shows signs of inflammation with swelling, redness...

Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet Oct 24th, 2019

Did you know? Olive oil is a big part of the Mediterranean diet. Interested in improving your nutrition and overall health? Great! Here are some popular choices. You’ve probably heard of most of them by now: South Beach Atkins Weight Watchers Jenny Craig Scarsdale Pritikin Keto Paleo And the list...

The Ideal Time to Exercise Oct 14th, 2019

Have an active hobby or enjoy playing a sport? Make that your daily exercise time. Who said exercise can’t be fun? Do you tend to sit for most of the day? Do you generally lead a sedentary lifestyle? Then you’ll want to set aside some time to exercise. That doesn’t...

Cervical Collars: Helpful Fashion Statement? Sep 27th, 2019

While cervical collars have their place, if you’ve injured your neck, give us a call. You see them on people all the time – those big stiff collars that keep someone’s head from moving. They are often prescribed after a car accident, a sports injury or a fall, for whiplash...

NSAIDs – Friend or Foe? Sep 17th, 2019

Did you know? Some studies point to NSAIDs causing problems in your gut. Among the most common over-the-counter pain relievers are Non-Steroidal, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). You probably recognize them by names such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve or simply ibuprofen. These and similar drugs block the body’s production of prostaglandins,...

Walking For Health Aug 30th, 2019

Did you know? Walking just 30 minutes each day can strengthen your bones. What do you think is the most popular form of exercise? Walking, of course. After all, it’s cheap, it’s easy, it doesn’t require fancy equipment, special clothes, an expensive membership and it’s available 24/7 for just about...

The Brain in Your Gut Aug 28th, 2019

Did you know you have a ‘second brain’ in your gut? It surprises many to learn that they have an enteric nervous system. Have you heard of it? It controls and regulates the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon and has five times the number of neurons as your spinal...

Probiotics – The Good Gut Bacteria Aug 20th, 2019

Did you know? Probiotics support your immune system. Almost half of our body isn’t even us. It’s bacteria. Trillions of them. Most reside in our stomach, intestines and colon. They are essential for digestion and to our overall health and well being. The bacteria on our skin, airways and digestive...

The Importance of Spinal Curves Jul 25th, 2019

Did you know? Your spinal curves help you move freely. Your spine is made up of a series of interconnected bones, each on top of the other. Besides serving as an armature to support the weight of your body, your spine provides: Protection of the spinal cord and nerve roots...

Walking Your Way to Wellness Jul 15th, 2019

Going somewhere? If it’s not too far away, consider walking instead of driving. Want to bring some unexpected joy into your life? Try some lighthearted, low stress exercise. Most of us don’t move enough. Many of us sit most of the day. This lack of movement can profoundly affect our...

Laughter – An Essential Ingredient of Good Health Jun 21st, 2019

Laugh and enjoy time with good company each day–it’s beneficial for your health. For years, Readers Digest featured the column “Laughter, the Best Medicine.” It contains jokes, riddles and humorous musings designed to tickle the funny bone. But just how important is laughter to our everyday health? Turns out that...

Fasting–Are There Health Benefits? Jun 11th, 2019

“Fad fasts” require more research before you jump in–talk to a professional to make sure a fast is right for you and carried out correctly. Many chiropractors and other natural healing disciplines suggest fasting from time to time as a means to cleanse the body and rid it of toxins...

Does Scoliosis Automatically Mean Surgery? May 23rd, 2019

Did you know? Children aged 10-15 are the largest group affected by scoliosis. A routine school exam reveals your child has scoliosis. Naturally you’re concerned. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. About 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic. Which means the cause isn’t known. Idiopathic scoliosis may have...

Is Chocolate Actually Good for You? May 13th, 2019

Did you know? Various research studies, conducted in the U.S. and Switzerland, have concluded that chocolate flavonoids give short bursts of energy to the brain Chocoholics take heart – literally that is. Seems that a bit of a chocolate bar might actually be good for your ticker. Dark chocolate, not...

Health Facts About Omega-3 Apr 25th, 2019

Feeling down or just not yourself? Omega-3 has been linked to improved mental health. What is Omega-3 and why is it important? First, it is a fat. The good type of fat. The “omega” is simply a way organic chemists name the long string of carbon atoms. At one end...

Sit Up Straight! Apr 15th, 2019

Sit at a desk most of the day? Try setting intermittent alarms on your phone to check your posture! Remember when your mother used to say things like, “Eat all your vegetables.” And, “Look both ways before crossing the street.” “A person is known by the company they keep.” And...

Seven Reasons to See a Chiropractor Mar 21st, 2019

We can’t wait to show you how naturally incredible you can feel with chiropractic care. Curious? Give us a call. 1. It’s effective. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. The primary focus of chiropractic care is the restoration of nervous system integrity. As your...

Is Your Debt Making You Sick? Mar 11th, 2019

Feel like you’re in a never ending cycle of paying bill after bill? Try seeking advice from a reputable credit counselor. There is an epidemic plaguing many. It’s called debt stress. Credit card companies and retail outlets make it easier than ever to obtain credit on demand. They’re perfectly agreeable...

Golfers Love Chiropractic Feb 26th, 2019

Looking to improve your golf game or recover from an injury naturally? We can help. For many, a relaxing game of golf is the perfect way to spend a sunny weekend with three of your best friends. But, the next day, some feel pronounced pain in the lower back. Does...

Burn Calories Without Breaking a Sweat Feb 11th, 2019

Looking for a healthy way to burn calories? Try adding a morning walk or jog to your daily routine. You may have suspected that proper weight control cannot be achieved entirely by dieting alone. In fact, you may know a few people who are engaged in a sedentary lifestyle who...

What is Spinal Stenosis? Jan 28th, 2019

The symptoms of lumbar stenosis often include lower back and leg pain. For many of us, advancing age brings on more than just grey hair and wrinkles. It also surfaces degenerative changes to the spine. It’s not always the aging process. More likely, it’s the cumulative effect of years of...

What is Pain Trying to Tell You? Jan 14th, 2019

The best thing you can do for your body when you’re in pain? Visit us for an examination. An ache here, a pain there. Or maybe something more chronic, like migraine pain or lower back pain. What is the purpose of pain? What’s it trying to tell you? Many people...

Planting Seeds to Grow Healthy Kids Jan 1st, 2019

Chiropractic care can help your children grow up happy and healthy. Just as planting a garden requires fertile soil, quality seeds, plenty of sunshine and water, planting seeds to grow healthy kids requires specific actions. With a dizzying amount of advice dispensed over the Internet, through the TV and by...

Insider’s Guide to Free Radicals Dec 3rd, 2018

Damage from free radicals requires becoming more mindful of our diet. Imagine a huge ballroom dance in which couples are whirling and twirling to the music. Until a single, unpaired dancer enters the ballroom. He cuts in on another dancing couple. This leaves one of the original couples without a...

Common Factors That Affect Healing Nov 19th, 2018

Fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly can help you heal faster. Most of our patients begin care because they have an ache, pain or some other health issue. Naturally, they want it resolved as quickly as possible. Ingest a pain reliever and within minutes the...

All About Salt Nov 5th, 2018

When it comes to watching your salt intake, most people focus on limiting certain foods–but some beverages, like sports drinks, are often high in sodium. Salt is the primary seasoning used to flavor food and an essential ingredient of the diets of both animals and humans alike. The human body...

What Makes Chiropractic Different? Oct 23rd, 2018

By adjusting your spine, our practice is focused on balancing your nervous system. By now you know that chiropractic care is different from medical treatment. This difference goes beyond the importance of repeated visits. At our practice, the focus remains on the integrity of your nervous system. How do we...

Are You a Victim? Oct 9th, 2018

When it comes to your health, are you active or reactive? Our health (and the decisions we make about it) is among the most personal of decisions. Are we passive, ignoring our health until we lose it? Or do we actively assume the responsibility for and take action to promote...

Why Spinal Problems Often Return Sep 25th, 2018

Can’t shake your low back pain? Give us a call. Chiropractic skeptics often pooh-pooh the idea of periodic chiropractic checkups after symptoms subside with the classic, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” line. This justification often results in a relapse into the original problem for countless patients. How come?...

Nervous System 101 Sep 11th, 2018

Something that’s great for your nervous system? Plenty of exercise and water! The nervous system in your body is made up of two parts: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system. The spinal cord transmits sensory...

Once You Go… Aug 14th, 2018

Did you know? Regular chiropractic care is ideal to help retrain muscles that are susceptible to injury. Probably one of the greatest myths about chiropractic care is that, once you go, you have to go for the rest of your life. Of course, this isn’t true. However, we do have...

Boost Your Body Jul 31st, 2018

Getting regular exercise is a great way to improve and maintain joint and general health. We’ve all heard the old adage, “Use it or lose it.” It’s especially true when it comes to joint function. As we age, many of us suffer from a loss of joint mobility. Morning stiffness...

3 Ways to Get to Sleep Jul 17th, 2018

Find you’re having trouble getting to sleep? Consider booking an appointment with our practice. You’ve darkened your bedroom. It’s quiet. You’ve set the temperature to a comfortable 68 degrees. You’ve avoided eating or exercising before bedtime. You get adjusted regularly to quiet down your nervous system. You’ve avoided the blue...

Emotions and Your Spine Jul 3rd, 2018

Doing your best to nurture your mental and physical health can keep your spine happy. When we explain that physical, chemical and emotional stress is the underlying cause of subluxations, many wonder how emotions can cause spinal misalignments. Yet, our language reveals some common connections. “I just can’t stand it.”“He’s...

Headaches Are Common – But Not Normal Jun 19th, 2018

If you’re dealing with frequent headaches, make an appointment with our practice. You may believe that everyone gets headaches. After all, they’re normal, right? Some are dull; others are throbbing. Some occur on only one side; others produce nausea or light and sound sensitivity. Common? Yes. But normal? Nope. The...

The Deceptive Slipped Disc Jun 5th, 2018

An improper lifting technique is one of the many things that can lead to a slipped disc. The intervertebral disc is a special type of cartilage found between each of the 24 bones of your spine. Bands of fibrous tissue surround its jelly-like center. The disc provides space so pairs...

The Health Benefits of a Digital Detox May 22nd, 2018

Feel like phones are ruining family time? While a physical lock and chain may be unrealistic, institute a no phone policy during meals together. Living in a world awash in technology can make life easier in some respects, but it can also be enslaving and detrimental to health and relationships....

Poor Posture, Poor Mood May 8th, 2018

Whenever you’re sitting at a computer, be conscious of your posture and keep your feet evenly planted on the ground. As many people are finding themselves spending more time sitting slumped behind a screen or standing on their feet for hours on end without a break, paying attention to your...

Give This Simple & Free Exercise a Try Apr 24th, 2018

Wondering how you’ll fit stretching into your day? Aim to make it a part of your morning routine. It may be the most important and beneficial exercise there is. It also happens to be the cheapest and the simplest, requiring exactly no equipment, zero floor space and no special clothes....

Screening Your Children for Scoliosis Apr 11th, 2018

If you don’t trust your judgement or want a second opinion after checking your child, don’t hesitate to contact our practice. Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curve in the spine that, if not caught early, can become worse with age, cause significant back pain, and lead to arthritis in the...

What’s Bringing on Your Back Pain? Mar 27th, 2018

Struggling to find the source of your back pain? Schedule a visit with our practice. Many people with sudden, acute back pain think, “But gosh, I didn’t even do anything!” What many folks don’t know, or understand, is that it’s not always a case of what you did five minutes...

Why You Should Sit Up Straight Mar 13th, 2018

Find yourself sitting too close to your computer screen? Not only is this perpetuating poor posture, it’s also bad for your eyes! Remember when your mother used to say things like, “Eat all your vegetables.” And, “Look both ways before you cross the street.” Let’s not forget her mantra, “Sit...

The Truth About Germs Feb 26th, 2018

Feel like you’re frequently ill? You may have a compromised immune system. Why does it seem that some people go from one cold to the next, getting all the bugs that “go around” and others don’t? In 1895, it was this very question that prompted D. D. Palmer to pursue...

5 Reasons to Stay Away from Sugar Feb 13th, 2018

Did you know? Sugar often sneaks its way into your diet through drinks like juice or sodas Sugar, in its many forms, is an increasingly common ingredient in processed foods. In fact, many of us eat the equivalent of 53 heaping teaspoons of white sugar every day! Many experts now...

All About the Cervical Spine Jan 30th, 2018

Did you know? Headaches can result as a symptom from a cervical spine problem. The cervical spine – that is, the upper seven of our vertebrae – must surely rank among the most under-appreciated and most vital parts of our body. Its 37 separate joints endlessly allow the head and...

The Key to Health Jan 16th, 2018

Drinking more water, eating nutritious foods and regular exercise produce even bigger dividends when you have a properly working nervous system.   Visiting the doctor when you’re feeling great is something new. Yet, a growing number of people who want to be and do their best are visiting chiropractors on...

So You Want to Live to 100? Jan 1st, 2018

Continuing to hone your passion is one way to stay sharp and healthy into your golden years. Doing your best to stay naturally healthy doesn’t just add life to your years…it can add years to your life. And with so much to see and do across the globe, who doesn’t...

4 Steps to Improved Immunity Dec 19th, 2017

Find yourself getting frequent colds? Your immune system may not be functioning as it’s supposed to. A properly functioning immune system is necessary for optimal health. But how do you get one? Follow these do’s and don’ts to help your body fend off sickness and make room for health. 1....

Ease into Your New Year Fitness Resolution Dec 4th, 2017

Take time to warm up before jumping right into exercise. With the New Year quickly approaching, many will rush to renew their commitment to physical fitness, and that is to be commended. One of the most important factors in natural health is participating in a regular exercise program. However, when...

Does No Pain Really Mean No Gain? Nov 20th, 2017

It’s important to listen to your body during exercise instead of pushing too far past your limits. How often have you heard the expression, “No pain, no gain”? It can apply to many life situations, including exercise to shape up, tone or drop weight. But when pain is severe or...

Are You Over-Sitting? Nov 6th, 2017

Take a minute to think about how often you’re sitting each day to determine if it could be leading to back problems. It’s commonly accepted among experts that lower back pain is related to prolonged sitting. And let’s face it, in today’s world we spend plenty of time during our...

Is Your Head Posture to Blame for Neck Pain? Oct 23rd, 2017

Dealing with frequent neck or shoulder pain? We can help you regain proper head posture. You feel exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches, and maybe even fibromyalgia. Have you wondered if head posture could be the cause?   All About Forward...

What Type of Care Do You Choose? Oct 9th, 2017

Need help staying well? Give your body a boost with natural chiropractic care. We often hear the words “health care” in the news. But usually, they’re talking about “sick” care—care that is administered to someone who already has symptoms of an illness or injury. Often, “health care” refers to the...

Why Good Posture is Important Sep 26th, 2017

Spend a lot of time sitting? Practice good sitting posture by keeping your feet flat on the floor in front of you instead of tucked toward your chest.   If you ever experience tension or pain across the upper back or shoulder blades, get frequent headaches, have low back pain...

The Shock Absorbers in Your Spine Sep 11th, 2017

Light walking and keeping hydrated can sometimes provide relief from common disc issues.   They bulge, herniate, degenerate and tear, but they don’t “slip.” Discs, along with the curves of the spine, serve as the “shock absorbers” of your body. Lower back pain may be the result of herniated discs...