Digestive problems such as chronic heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and constipation are common ailments among Americans. Most of us have spent a lot of money on over the counter medicines that help ease the symptoms but do nothing to treat the root of the problem. Recent studies have found that chiropractic care can offer a drug-free method for treating digestive issues.

How Does Digestion Work?

Digestion is our body’s way of breaking down the foods we eat into small enough pieces for the nutrients to go where they are needed to keep us healthy. Digestion begins as soon as we put food in our mouth, with chewing and saliva. From there the food travels through various organs, each serving a job in further breaking down the food.

The digestive process is controlled by our nervous system. Several different regions of our nervous system send signals to our body to promote digestion. With so many nerves in our spine, one small subluxation could cause a major digestive issue.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is any misalignment in your spine that affects your nerves. Subluxations can be minor to severe. Improper alignment puts stress and strain on your nerves, leaving them unable to work properly. If your nerves are unable to send the necessary signals to the rest of your body, digestive problems can arise.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

Chiropractors specialize in identifying subluxations and safely and effectively correcting it. By gently guiding your vertebrae back in place, your chiropractor can realign your spine, taking stress off the nerves and allowing them to once again function properly. After beginning a chiropractic treatment plan, many patients suffering from digestive ailments have seen their symptoms disappear.

If you have digestive problems and would like to know more about how chiropractic care may help you, call Creekside Chiropractic today at 317-758-4880.

Our Creekside Chiropractic patients might have noticed a new face around the office in the last year. We’d like to introduce you to Amy Ferguson, our chiropractic assistant and scribe. In addition to being a mother and student, Amy brings joy and enthusiasm to Creekside Chiropractic and helps us with all of our needs.

Rounding out our series on meeting the Creekside team, we asked Amy some fun questions so you can get to know her better.

Learn More About Creekside Chiropractic’s Amy Ferguson

  • # of years in the field: Chiropractic Assistant/Scribe – 4 mos.  I’m currently finishing my Bachelors degree in health science.
  • What is your favorite whole body health feature at Creekside and why? The K-Laser is pretty awesome!  I can count on it to make whatever hurts, better
  • What is your favorite Indiana season and why?  Fall – I love watching my kids play football, having bonfires and just enjoying the beautiful colors. 
  • If you were a super hero, what super power would you have?  I would love to be able to read minds.
  • What is your favorite way to kick-off a Monday? A nice big fountain coke.
  •  What’s your favorite thing to “binge watch”?  The Vikings, Seal Team, Greys Anatomy
  •  Why do you LOVE working for Creekside?  My co-workers are the BEST!

Ready to learn more about K-Laser and all of our other services? Contact us today to come visit Amy and the rest of our team!

Everything Needs a Solid Foundation: Take Care of Your Feet

You can’t build a strong, sturdy house that will last for years to come without beginning with a solid foundation. The same holds true for your body. Feet, the one body part so often taken for granted, hold the key to much of our physical health.

 

What Does Foot Health Affect?

Because feet are the body’s structural foundation, foot problems can affect many aspects of our overall health.

Body Pain – Imbalanced feet can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, back, hip, and knees.

Organ Function – Your posture determines how your organs hang in your body. Balanced feet, and in turn better posture, ensure that your organs are in the proper place for optimal function.

Headaches – Severe headaches and migraines can be caused by flat and imbalanced feet. When your feet are imbalanced, all of the muscles in your body work harder to try to correct your posture. According to neurologist Dr. Mark Weatherall,

“The muscles in all parts of the body are constantly sending information to the brain about what they are doing, and signals from overloaded muscles can disturb the brain.

The brain then releases chemicals which cause blood vessels around it to expand and become inflamed – and it is this process that causes the throbbing pain.”

What Can You Do?

If you are experiencing any of these problems, visit your chiropractor for a foot scan. This scan will show any imbalances and how they may be leading to your pain. Custom orthotics may be the solution. A high quality custom orthotic can help alleviate the pain caused by foot imbalances. We are proud to partner with industry leader Foot Levelers to best provide our patients with an effective, drug-free, surgery-free solution to their pain. Foot Levelers was created by a chiropractor, Dr. Monte H. Greenawalt, in 1952. The business has thrived and grown continuously for the last 65 years. Foot Levelers custom orthotics are designed to support all three arches of the foot, giving you the best foundation possible. A study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation concluded that Foot Levelers orthotics in conjunction with regular chiropractic can decrease lower back pain by 40.4%.

Contact Dr. Erin Merrill Macy today to begin your journey to living pain free. Call us at 317-758-4880. 

Many of you know our Creekside Chiropractic side of the business, but did you know we also do DOT physicals for independent drivers and corporate clients? Indeed. Creekside Testing and Compliance is our other side of the business. It’s where Dr. Erin Merrill Macy and Mallory La Lond work with CDL drivers for routine physicals, drug testing and sleep apnea testing and treatment, so drivers can stay compliant and safe on the road.

It truly is a natural fit within our scope of business, and we love helping keep drivers healthy and on the road. So much so we have social pages devoted to healthy happy truckers. Check it out and give us a like.

Continuing in our series on getting to know our Creekside team better, we thought you might like a few fun insights on our Mallory La Lond! Read more

Still got winter skin? Spring is just 21 days away. Think short sleeves, shorts, peep toe shoes, dresses, skirts and sandals. You so need spring ready skin! Before you bare those arms and legs, let us help you get your glow back. Clients all over Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Fishers, Geist and Sheridan trust the Creekside Chiropractic and The Mudroom at Creekside to get their glow back.  Read more

We know many of our Creekside Chiropractic patients know this smiley face as our Front Office Technician, but did you also know she is Creekside Chiropractic’s Esthetician as well?! We thought you might like a few fun insights on our very own Lacey Mundy!

Lacey has over 10 years of skincare and medical spa experience and is a graduate of Redken’s Salon Professional Academy. She attends yearly educational seminars at the Face & Body Spa Conference and Expo and has obtained certifications for Hungarian Facial Massage, Bridal & Special Event Make-up Application, as well as Male & Female Brazilian Waxing. Read more

Meet Dr. Kristen Bravo, Doctor of Chiropractic and Licensed Professional Acupuncturist. Dr. Kristen joined our Creekside Chiropractic team in the spring of 2017. She is a graduate of Purdue University and Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida. Additionally, she holds an acupuncture certification through the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and a Webster Technique Certification from International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. A Westfield, Indiana resident, Dr. Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband, her two children and her beloved Pomeranian, Blue.

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Fundraising event for Hamilton County Kids Coats

November was a busy month for Dr. Erin Merrill Macy of downtown Sheridan’s Creekside Chiropractic. Not only did Macy host local female artisan entrepreneurs at her annual community holiday shopping bazaar, but she and her team pulled together a highly successful inaugural fundraising event for the Sheridan division of Hamilton County Kids Coats.

“There is a definite need in our community,” says Macy. “The people of Sheridan are who support our local small businesses. Banding together to give back is so important. I’m honored to be able to dive in and help in any way I can.”

Tickets for the November 4, 2017 evening of fundraising at Macy’s Studio on Main featuring local fare from Young’s Kitchen, a silent auction and games of chance sold out in just a few days. Macy had hopes of raising enough to fund coats, hats and mittens for 150 local youth in need. Thanks to event attendees, numerous local sponsors (R & T Tire, Blackhawk Winery, His and Hers Target Sports, Integrity Network Solutions, Hamilton Tax and Accounting, Butts Landscaping, Smith’s Jewelers and more) and donations, she was able to exceed her goal by almost double.

On November 11, 2017 Hamilton County Kids Coats, Santa and the Grinch arrived at the Sheridan Community Center to share Christmas cheer and help local families stay warm this winter. Due to the funds raised through the inaugural fundraising event more Sheridan families were able to receive assistance this year than ever before.

It’s never too late to stay warm. Local Hamilton County families who are still in need of a warm winter coat, hat or gloves, may call 317-324-8818 for assistance.

About Hamilton County Kids Coats:
Hamilton County Kids Coats is an interfaith mission in Hamilton County, Indiana, who collects donated new and used coats and other winter wear and gives them out to local families in need every November.

Join Creekside Chiropractic for our annual holiday open house on November 8, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Creekside Chiropractic and Studio on Main.

Holiday shoppers will find selections from local small businesses including: LuLaRoe, Matilda Jane Clothing, Young Living, Blackhawk Winery, Scentsy, Discovery Toys, Paparazzi Jewelry, Mary & Martha Home Accents, Monet, Norwex, Agnes & Dora, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Premier Designs & More!

Festive holiday snacks and hor devours also be on-hand, as well as tastings from Blackhawk Winery.

“I love being able to provide a fun space for our annual holiday shopping open house and support local female entrepreneurs in our community. Supporting each other and shopping local is so important in our local communities,” said Dr. Erin Merrill Macy

 

Self care is never a selfish act. It’s nourishing your body and soul to be able to let your light shine brightly and be able to accomplish all your life roles – employee, entrepreneur, mom/dad, spouse, son/daughter, friend, sister and even caregiver. An empty lantern provides no light – love yourself first and everything else falls into place.  Read more