We’ve added a new face to the Creekside Chiropractic team. We’d like to introduce you to Alecia McDonald who will fill the role of chiropractic and medical assistant for the practice. Alecia has been in the medical field for more than 15 years and brings a wide range of specialty experience to the team.

Learn More About Creekside Chiropractic’s Alecia McDonald

  • # of years in the field?
     I’ve been in the medical field for more than 15 years.
  • When did you first discover your passion for your job?
    I discovered that health care was a passion when I was caring for my great-grandma.
  • What is your favorite whole body health feature at Creekside and why?
    The K-Laser Therapy is my favorite tool because it provides a drug free and surgery free solution for pain.
  • What is your favorite Indiana season and why?
    My favorite season would be summer/fall because of the fun activities, warm weather and time with family.
  • Who has been the most influential person in your career and why?
    I have been influential by my children, husband, family and Christ.
  • What is your favorite way to kick-off a Monday?
    I like to start the week off right with my healthy Thrive vitamins and prayer.
  • What’s your favorite thing to binge watch?
    I tend to watch movies the kids pick: The Great Outdoors, Mrs. Doubtfire, Avengers and other superheroe movies.
  • Why Creekside?
    Creekside provides a wonderful family-friendly environment with a hometown feel that allows me to be close to my family.

Dear Creekside Chiropractic Families:

Re: COVID-19 Information/Update 3.12.2020

Like many of you, Creekside Chiropractic is concerned about the occurrence of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and continues to monitor the recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department.

As we respond to the ever-changing environment, it is the safety of our patients and staff that remains our highest priority. Additionally, we remain committed to providing you convenient and affordable chiropractic care.

As a precautionary measure, we have implemented increased hygiene routines, monitoring protocols and are following procedures outlined by healthcare organizations and leading authorities within the chiropractic profession.

We recommend patients follow guidelines issued by the CDC, and if you are feeling unwell, please take steps to safeguard others and remain at home. You can follow this link for additional information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

And remember … when your spine is aligned, your immunity is boosted. Make sure to keep your routine chiropractic care appointments.

Sincerely,

The Creekside Chiropractic Team

Curious How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Ear Infections?

A tale as old as time, your baby or child is inconsolable, tugging at their ear, and the symptoms are so distinct that you know exactly what is wrong before you even step foot in the pediatrician’s office. The dreaded ear infection.

Gentle and Effective Way to Treat Ear Infections

Ear infections are a very common ailment throughout childhood, with 80% of children experiencing this condition at one point or another.  Some children are even susceptible to chronic ear infections, which, as you can imagine, can be hard on both parents and kids alike.  What if we told you that chiropractic care is a gentle and effective way to treat ear infections and can even keep them from recurring? Read more

Recent reports have indicated that common heartburn medicines like Ranitidine (name brand Zantac) are being discontinued or outright banned in some countries due to possible carcinogens. While it’s been reported that the levels of this component (NDMA) are low, there is still cause for concern as a more in-depth investigation is underway.

If you’re one of the more than 60 million Americans who experience acid reflux at least once a month, you’re probably wondering what to do. At Creekside Chiropractic, we favor less invasive approaches that have far fewer chances for side effects.

What is heartburn?

Other terms for this condition include acid reflux, sour stomach, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer disease. Common symptoms include that tell-tale burning feeling behind the breastbone, but can also include bloat, burping or flatulence, acidic taste in the mouth, regurgitation, and more.

How can chiropractic care help with heartburn?

Generally speaking, a chiropractor will work to help you achieve optimum health by freeing you of the dysfunction and restriction that prevents your body from performing optimally. We work to bring the whole body into alignment to promote general wellbeing

More specifically, chiropractic therapy can help with heartburn by:

  • Realigning your spine to take stress off the nerves and allow them to once again function properly.
  • Strengthening the spinal muscles through adjustments to relieve pressure from the stomach.
  • Correcting joint dysfunctions or restrictions that can help ensure proper function of the whole body.
  • Reducing hiatal hernias, which are a leading cause of indigestion.

What are some other ways to combat heartburn naturally?

To avoid possible adverse effects or interactions with other medications and supplements, we recommend talking to your doctor before starting any new supplements. But, we have found that patients can often experience relief from the following remedies combined a comprehensive approach to wellness, including regular adjustments and a sensible diet.

  • Consider taking digestive enzymes before each meal.
  • Add fermented foods or probiotics to your daily routine.
  • Aloe juice has many medicinal benefits, including improved digestive health. Try drinking a little every day. But note that it can have a laxative effect, so start slowly.
  • Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to alleviate the symptoms of heartburn and improve the acid levels in your stomach.
  • Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory, but also tightens your lower esophageal sphincter, thus preventing acid from refluxing. Sip on a cup of ginger tea at least 20 minutes before eating.

Ready to get a handle on your digestive issues? Give us a call to schedule an appointment and learn more about how Creekside Chiropractic can help.

Got the seasonal sniffles?  Did you know chiropractic care for allergies can help?

Most people tend to think of chiropractic care as being a manipulation of the physical body, and therefore they associate a trip with only physical injuries or pain.  They may not know, however, that a skilled chiropractor is able to treat and regulate the nervous and immune systems as well.  Chiropractic care improves the connection between the brain and spinal cord, which can help to regulate the body’s overall communication, including your body’s reaction to allergens by way of the immune system.  This can provide significant relief to those who suffer seasonal and dietary allergies.

You may be thinking, “A drug-free approach to allergy relief?  Isn’t that too good to be true?”

First of all, let’s look at the facts.  Americans spend more than $3 billion dollars on allergy treatment every year.  Between sick days, doctor visits, and medications, this industry is truly a beast.  Most alternative treatments are not touted because of the large price tag attached to most over the counter medications. Not only that, but most people don’t have an understanding of how the body actually creates an allergic response.

Here is the short story: An allergic response is created when the immune system recognizes a foreign object (a molecule of pollen, a particle of food, etc.) as harmful and goes haywire.  What comes next is a cascade of inflammatory substances (namely cortisol and histamine) that cause the symptoms of allergies that we know all too well.  Stress can also cause a similar onslaught of inflammation, creating an even more intense reaction.  In fact, according to the Palmer College of Chiropractic, excessive psychological stress and allergic disorder have been linked together in clinical practice for centuries.

At Sheridan’s Creekside Chiropractic, Dr. Erin Merrill-Macy D.C., C.M.E. performs adjustments that can not only calm the nervous system, but also the immune system, because they are intimately linked.  The body can function at its best to decrease reactions to allergens when alignment of the spinal cord and surrounding structures are achieved.  Creekside also offers spa services, a sauna, K-Laser pain relief and more to get you feeling like your best self.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, call today for an appointment and see what springtime feels like with proper alignment and ease in the body!

 

Summer is the perfect time to spend outdoors, soaking in the sun, enjoying the warm weather and spending precious time with friends and family. The season calls us to get outdoors and be active. Hiking, swimming, camping, rock climbing, road trips–the list could go on! All of these great summer activities can cause your spine to become misaligned, though, so it’s important to make visiting your chiropractor a priority.

How Outdoor Activities Affect the Spine

Outdoor activities, fun as they are, can put a strain on your spine. When you lift something heavy–like camping gear–and you use your back instead of your legs, it can cause your spine to become misaligned. Twisting during rock climbing, hiking or swimming can put an extra strain on your spine that causes the vertebrae to become slightly dislocated, a condition known as subluxation. Even sitting for too long in a car while on a road trip can cause subluxation. Eventually, this condition causes pain and discomfort and can dampen your summer plans.

What Are the Benefits of Visiting a Chiropractor in the Summer?

  1. It keeps you pain free. By visiting a chiropractor regularly, you ensure that any misalignment that you incur during your summer activities doesn’t stick around.
  2. It keeps your entire body healthy. When subluxation occurs, it puts pressure on the nerves running through your spine. Depending on where the pressure occurs, it can affect a number of other systems of the body. Your immune system can be affected by subluxation, causing you to get sick more easily.
  3. It keeps you more active. With a pain-free, sickness-free summer, you’re able to get outside and truly enjoy what the season has to offer. You can drive on long road trips without discomfort, camp, hike, and swim with less risk to your spine, and stay healthy to continue being active.

The best part is, you’ll be even more active when your back is pain-free and your immune system is functioning at full capacity. Visiting a chiropractor should be a regular part of summer so you can enjoy all the beauty nature has to offer.

Let’s book your summer chiro appointment right now and keep you in that summer groove.

Chiropractic Care for Athletes: Keeping Student Athletes One Step Ahead of the Game

Spring and summer sports are gearing up and whether your child has played for many years or are new to the sport, your main concern is their health and risk of injury. It is estimated more than 3.5 million children under 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries every year. Some injuries cannot be avoided, however there are steps you can take to lower your young athlete’s chance for injury. Ensuring good nutrition, wearing proper equipment and having a well-check visit before playing is good advice, however visiting your chiropractor can be of benefit too. It is estimated that 90% of world class athletes, including all NFL teams, incorporate chiropractic visits as part of their training regimen.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes 

If your spine is working smoothly, the body’s overall performance increases. Improper spinal alignment forces muscles to compensate for the misalignment and can increase nerve pressure. Read more

Did you know if you have sciatica pain a chiropractor can help?

Sciatica pain happens when the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg (sometimes even to the toes), is inflamed or injured, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve and causing pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks and leg. Patients often describe a shooting pain that radiates from the back and rear to the leg and can be worse when sitting. Typically it affects only one side of the body. Sometimes there is tingling, weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg. The pain can be severe in some individuals and lead to insomnia, as well.

Treatments can include medication such as anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxants, but did you know that regular chiropractic care also can help the body heal itself through a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free approach? Read more

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!