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Chiropractic | Hands for Life

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...

The Allergies of Spring – Natural Remedies

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2017), nasal allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States each year. That is as many as 30 percent of adults, and 40 percent of children. They have also determined that asthma is the fifth leading chronic disease in the US in people of all ages. Seem like a lot? It absolutely is, and numbers are on the rise. In 2010 alone, Americans spent an estimated $17.5 billion dollars on treating allergy symptoms and allergy related infections.   So what can we do to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of every day allergens? While there is no cure for common allergies, there are steps that we can take to decrease allergy sensitivity and improve our overall health.   Suggested methods include:   Herbal Supplements Many over the counter herbal supplements have natural allergy fighting effects. Licorice root, for example, will help build up your bodies naturally produced steroids. This gives your body an extra boost in knocking out the allergen, while also loosening mucus for easier breathing. Green tea, another common household herbal remedy, is a natural antihistamine and can help to avoid congestion. Make sure you speak with a doctor before testing out herbal treatments, particularly if you are taking other medications or are pregnant.   Change What You Eat Food can have a huge impact on allergies, on not just from peanuts or other common food reactions. Melons, cucumbers, bananas, sunflower seeds, and chamomile can make weed pollen allergies even more severe according to Kathyrn Bolig (Web MD 2015), a family medicine specialist at Mercy...