Winter Blues

Winter is just around the corner and is making its presence known with chilly temperatures and quickly darkening afternoons. There are many wonderful things to look forward to in the winter, such as the holiday season and playing in the snow, but if you struggle to get through the dark and cold months, you are not alone. Whether you are dealing with worsening chronic pain and persistent winter colds, or are struggling to maintain your mental health in the coming months, come to Creekside Chiropractic and let us take care of you. Our wide range of holistic services will keep you feeling your best through the frigid winter blues and be the warm ray of sunshine you need when it’s nowhere to be found outside. 

Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder 

It is no secret that winter in Indiana can be a bit depressing, especially if you experience seasonal affective disorder, which has an appropriate acronym: SAD.  Seasonal affective disorder, also known as seasonal depression, can feel different for every individual, but common symptoms are feeling depressed for the majority of consecutive days, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, having low energy, having problems with sleeping, experiencing changes in appetite or weight, having difficulty concentrating, and feeling sluggish or agitated. The disorder often reappears for people in the late fall and early winter — just about where we are in the year now. Daylight savings time can be a major trigger, as it gets darker earlier and our biological circadian clocks are messed up. The change in season and decreasing amount of sunshine can also affect our body’s ability to produce serotonin and melatonin, two very important chemicals that keep us feeling happy and well-rested. 

In addition to having greater mental health struggles in the darker months of the year, you are more likely to get sick in the winter as well. According to Northwestern Medicine, common cold viruses are more active and harder to fight in colder weather, the lack of Vitamin D from the sun has been linked to having a weakened immune system, and dryer winter air allows for an easier spread of the flu virus. With such a wide range of mental and physical health issues that arise in the winter, you might be wondering what we can do to help, but our holistic approach to treating and healing the body can do a lot more than ease sore muscles. 

Chiropractic care to treat your winter blues

Have you ever felt like your body generally hurts more as the weather gets colder? Every ache cuts a little deeper and your joints feel like they needed to be oiled like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. There are a lot of theories as to why this happens, but we are more interested in how we can help you feel less pain. 

Our first suggestion is to book a chiropractic appointment. It can help decrease symptoms associated with anxiety and depression, and increase the pumping of oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation. In a chiro appointment, realigning the spine can reopen blocked critical nerves that cause pain and tension in the body. In regard to treating seasonal depression, getting your body back in proper alignment and relieving muscles of unnecessary pain and tension can be a catalyst for activity and movement that will break the long lethargic states of depression that come with the winter season. 

If those aren’t enough reasons to sign up for an appointment right now, consider it an act of self-care for your winter blues, as the experience can be extremely relaxing. Winter is hard enough, even when you aren’t dealing with health problems – you deserve to treat yourself.  

Infrared sauna treatment for seasonal depression

If you are interested in branching out beyond traditional chiropractic services, we recommend you try our infrared sauna treatment this winter. What to expect from an infrared sauna experience is similar to that of a traditional sauna, but the use of infrared rays allows for a more gentle and soothing experience that uses a therapeutic level of heat that won’t leave you feeling scorched. Our infrared sauna is a great way to treat yourself to some relaxing self-care for your winter blues with many added health benefits. 

Two of the main health benefits of infrared sauna treatment are lower blood pressure and improved circulation. Although the temperature in the sauna is far more comfortable than that of a traditional sauna, the infrared rays still induce a deep sweat that makes the heart beat faster, which increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and increases circulation. Studies have shown that due to the sweating, one session can actually have the potential to burn up to 600 calories while you are simply relaxing. Better blood circulation has also been connected with better cell health and immunity, which is super important as we enter cold and flu season. 

Benefits of massage therapy

Massage therapy can relax and soften tired and overused muscles and can also enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow, which acts as your natural defense system. It can also help reduce depression symptoms, with a Journal of Clinical Psychiatry report finding that patients who were given a twice-weekly Swedish massage therapy had lower levels of anxiety than their counterparts with general anxiety who were not given massages. Therapeutic massage can rub your stress away, which decreases your heart rate, blood pressure, and your body’s fight or flight response. Studies have also shown that massage can help reset circadian rhythms, which is especially helpful for those experiencing seasonal affective disorder. If you are interested in therapeutic massage, we recommend Diane Lawson, a licensed therapist right next door to Creekside. She can be booked by calling 317-902-7050 directly.

As we approach the end of the year and what will probably feel like another never-ending winter, stop by Creekside Chiropractic to prepare your body and mind to be as happy and healthy as possible. Make your first appointment today by calling us at 317-758-4880 or by scheduling online. There is no better investment than your own body and health.

Chronic Pain

Making the choice to see a chiropractor can be difficult, especially when there are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding the medical process. It is commonly associated with cracking bones and making huge skeletal shifts in the body, but here at Creekside Chiropractic, we take a holistic approach suited to your needs and comfort level. We will work with you to find ways to decrease your pain and increase your health and freedom to fully enjoy life. That is why seeing a chiropractor is great for addressing multiple health issues, including chronic pain. 

What is Chronic Pain? 

Unfortunately, we all experience pain throughout our lives, it’s just a part of being human, but sometimes our pain doesn’t seem to go away. Chronic pain is typically defined by doctors as lasting at least 12 months up to years. The pain might not feel the same every day, but its persistence can inhibit you from simply getting through daily tasks and having a full range of mobility. The cause of chronic pain can often be hard to pinpoint, but some common causes are chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and migraines. The good news for someone experiencing chronic pain is that there is a very good chance seeing a chiropractor can help – and here’s why. 

Myth #1: Chiropractic care is only cracking bones.

We are sure you have seen some intensely dramatic bone-cracking on social media, but there is so much more to chiropractic care than that, especially for chronic pain. Although there may need to be a realignment of the spine and extremities, our Certified Chiropractic Practitioner, Dr. Erin Merrill will make sure to take your appointment at a pace and intensity you are comfortable with. Chiropractic care can also include therapeutic massage techniques and finding ways to keep the body in alignment after the appointment. 

For those experiencing chronic pain in their joints and muscles, chiropractic care is for you too. There are many chiropractic techniques, one of which being “the gentle manipulation of soft tissue to stop muscles spasms and relieve tenderness. Other techniques might include active exercise or traction to slowly stretch the joints and relieve tension.” 

Myth #2: Seeing a chiropractor is not safe for chronic pain. 

This myth is simply not true, especially because we only employ Certified Chiropractic Practitioners. Of course, there are a few risks, just as there are with any medical procedure, but chiropractic care is often considered safer than other ways to combat chronic pain, such as surgery and taking prescription narcotic pain medications.

Myth #3: Chiropractic care is too expensive.

Although this might have been true a few years ago for certain patients, many health insurance companies are now covering chiropractic care, including major medical plans such as workers’ compensation, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare.

It is important to note that other medical remedies for chronic pain such as acupuncture and therapeutic massage are often not covered. 

Myth #4: Chiropractors can’t help with my overall health.

Although our name, Creekside Chiropractic implies that our main service is chiropractic care, we are proud to offer a multitude of services to holistically improve your health. This includes K-Laser Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Infrared Sauna, and Vitamin Supplements

Our team is dedicated to providing wellness for both the body and spirit and we believe that we have something for everyone. Even if you just want to give your body a little rest and relaxation, our additional services will have you glowing inside and out by the time you leave.

Myth #5: You will need to keep going forever.

Even though it may seem like your pain will never end, the goal of seeing a chiropractor is to eventually go less and less. The chiropractic process is different for every patient, but with time and a plan, we can help relieve you of your pain and address the underlying internal issues that are causing it to stick around. The process will require a commitment to keeping your body in good health, but Dr. Merrill and our incredible team are more than happy to guide you through the process and be your biggest cheerleaders. 

Chronic pain sucks. There really is no better way to put it, but we here at Creekside Chiropractic are ready to help you take back control of your life. Whether you are looking for a single session or a holistic plan to alleviate pain long-term, we are here for you. Schedule your first appointment online or by calling 317-758-4880 and say goodbye to chronic pain.

Here at Creekside Chiropractic, we are dedicated to providing wellness for both the body and spirit, with specializations in pain management and total body health. Assisting our Dr. Erin L. Merrill, D.C., Chiropractic Assistant Morgan Leonard rooms our clients and performs K-Laser procedures to help with drug-free pain management for both chronic pain and sudden injury. 

Using her degree in exercise science, Morgan demonstrates exercises and stretches which can help clients’ mobility and encourage the body’s ability to heal. As we continue our series on getting to know our Creekside team better, we’re sharing some fun facts about Morgan Leonard!

Meet Creekside Chiropractic Assistant Morgan Leonard:

  • Morgan LeonardYears in the field: It’s been just a little over a year now working at Creekside. I majored in Exercise Science at Franklin College and did my senior internship at Creekside Chiropractic in 2020! 
  • What is your favorite whole-body health feature at Creekside? The Infrared Sauna!! So many awesome benefits!
  • What is your favorite Indiana season and why? Winter!! I love the snow and being able to bundle up in warm clothes with a cup of my grandma’s homemade hot chocolate. 
  • If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have? I would like to be invisible! 
  • What is your favorite way to kick off a Monday? My favorite way to kick off a Monday is by going to the gym and getting a nice sweat sesh in! 
  • What’s your favorite thing to “binge-watch”? I would have to say either “The Vampire Diaries” or “New Girl!!” So hard to pick just one. 
  • Tell us why you LOVE to work at Creekside: To name a few reasons why I love to work at Creekside: 1) The people I work with and the super fun environment! 2) The patients and being able to watch their road to recovery. 3) I love being able to be myself and be able to use what I learned in college and apply it to the work I do every day. 

If you’d like to learn more about working with Dr. Erin on your chronic pain or healing journey from a sudden injury, we’d love to assist you. Conveniently located in Sheridan, Indiana, our practice is just minutes from Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel and Indianapolis. Contact us today at 317-753-5550 to schedule your next appointment.