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The Health Benefits of Volunteering

The Health Benefits of Volunteering Volunteering can be a great way to help the community, share your talents, and provide service to those around you. Did you know it can also benefit your personal health? More and more studies are showing that volunteering reduces depression, provides a sense of purpose, and increases physical activity. Any one of these factors leads to reduced stress and improved physical health. Reducing Depression: Volunteer work reduces depression by increasing physical activity and introducing the volunteer to others with similar beliefs and interests. By volunteering for your favorite local charity or providing community service for neighbors you increase the likelihood of developing friendships and creating a network of supportive individuals around you. This reduces depression by improving your social environment while simultaneously providing physical stimulation. Increasing Sense of Purpose: Many people look at the world and wonder what things could be like. The happiest of people step forward and begin to make a difference. They seek to change the world into what they want, rather than waiting to see what it becomes. This develops a sense of purpose, which increases as you continue to work towards goals. Looking to increase your sense of purpose? Sign up with a charity organization you believe in and become the good you want to see. Physical Activity: Science has long told us that physical exertion releases endorphins. Endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain, act as a natural painkiller and improve sleep quality. Many types of volunteer work require physical exertion, whether it is building a house, ladling soup, or running supplies from one table to the next....

Animal Chiropractic – Yes, it’s a thing.

Dr. Alissa Grover   Did you know that our very own Dr. Alissa Grover is an animal chiropractor? Like all vertebrates, animals can use occasional care in the spinal department. Dr. Ali works with dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, rabbits, and more!   Dr. Ali graduated Valedictorian of her class from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where the chiropractic profession was founded. She completed an additional 220-hours of continuing education on animal chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. She is a certified animal chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Currently, Dr. Ali is one of only a handful of AVCA-certified doctors in the entire state of Utah, and is proud to be the only chiropractic physician to hold that title. Also a certified Reiki master, Dr. Ali enjoys using energy work and kinesiology testing in addition to chiropractic.   What is animal chiropractic?   Animal chiropractic is similar to human chiropractic and is done for similar reasons. This specialized branch of chiropractic appeared in publications as early as 1944, but was not recognized officially until the 1980s (Willoughby 2002). Chiropractors had found that animals, particularly race horses, could benefit from chiropractic. This had proven difficult for many veterinarians and doctors to get behind, though, due to skepticism regarding chiropractic in general. With much work and dedication, animal chiropractic became an official branch of chiropractic, complete with certifications and specialized classes.   Like human chiropractic, animal chiropractic focuses on the health of the neuro-musculo-system. This system controls the body and, when there is stress or damage to the nervous system, the entire body experiences...