Allergies and Chiropractic

Seasonal allergies affect many of us. As spring blossoms, the pollen, ragweed, grass, and mold may cause us to sneeze and have watery eyes. These allergic reactions are obvious and we consider these as typical allergy symptoms.

However, there are other factors that we are exposed to daily such as foods and chemicals that may cause allergic reactions in our bodies. Allergic responses can show as joint pain, stomach issues, and other conditions that we don’t always relate to an allergy. Let’s see why the body reacts the way it does and how we can treat these symptoms with chiropractic care.

A subluxation is a miscommunication between the spine and the nervous system. Three types of nervous system stressors cause subluxations: physical, emotional and biochemical. Eliminating subluxation may be key to reducing an allergic response.

We encounter many biochemical stressors in our everyday lives – bad air quality to certain types of food. Every time we ingest a food source, our immune systems are activated and create antibodies. If these antibodies react adversely with the food, histamine and other chemicals can cause allergic reactions such as hives, asthma, facial swelling, stomach issues or other symptoms.

If the body is exposed to stressors that cause subluxation, chiropractors help correct them through adjustments so the body can begin to heal itself. By combining the removal of subluxations with a patient’s better food choices, there will be a significantly reduced histamine responses throughout the body. Commonly problematic foods are soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, milk and seafood, especially shellfish.

Valley Spinal Care Kierland

Chiropractic care provided by Valley Spinal Care Kierland can help you and your family with allergy symptoms. The time to get started is now so you can live your live fully! Call us at (480) 443-7678 for a consultation.

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The Power of Herbs

Getting through the cold and flu season, you may inquire about herbs as natural remedies for your ailments. Herbs are so beneficial to our heath in so many ways and they should be recognized. Use herbs in your cooking and remember to incorporate them into your diet for overall health and wellness.

Basil – This aromatic herb doesn’t just smell good, it is a great source for energy, reducing inflammation, and protecting cell DNA from radiation. Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. Basil contains high quantitites of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which may be useful in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Rosemary – This unique herb has been used in Chinese medicine for many years and is known to improve cognitive function, increase energy, and boost digestion and the immune system. It is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Rosemary contains an ingredient, carnosic acid, that is able to fight off free radical damage in the brain. A major component of rosemary, carnosic acid, can significantly promote eye health.

Oregano - This herb is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. The herb is also applied topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff. Oregano contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and typtophan. The essential oil of Himalayan oregano has strong antibacterial properties that can even kill the hospital superbug MRSA.

Mint – This tasty herbal remedy is a fantastic tool for improving overall digestion, intestinal absorption, and relieving stomach discomfort. It is beneficial for asthma patients as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. Mint increases alertness, retention, and cognitive function and stimulates digestive enzymes.

Chives – This onion relative is a source of vitamin C, calcium, and iron. It’s allicin content can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, which improves your overall health, particularly that of your heart.

Bay leaves – Traditionally the true bay leaf, Laurus nobilis, has been used as a diuretic to increase urination and remove excess water and an emetic to induce vomiting, bay leaves have astringent properties that help stop secretions due to infection and reduce excessive sweating brought on by illness.

Recently, a 2009 study found that bay leaf can affect blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides. This is great news for diabetes patients who commonly have the risk of heart disease.

Beware of Umbellularia californica, sometimes sold as “California bay leaves,” since they look like the true bay leaf but they can damage the central nervous system and cause respiratory distress when inhaled.

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Good health and wellness is living a healthy lifestyle to prevent long term issues. Valley Spinal Care Kierland offers resources for good health and to stay on top of your game! Call us at (480) 443-7678 for quality chiropractic services!


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Chiropractic Boosts Effects of Super Foods

We all know that adding fresh fruits and vegetables to our daily diets is a smart way to improve heath and well-being. Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, broccoli, and kale are categorized as “super foods” since they provide numerous health benefits based on the actions of biochemicals known as phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants that circulate throughout the body, scooping up and neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are a normal byproduct of cellular metabolism, but too many of them will cause a lot of problems. An excess of free radicals have been linked to development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

With sufficient phytonutrients, you can help prevent chronic disease, strengthen the immune system, combat the effects of obesity, and obtain numerous anti-aging benefits

Good nutrition provides the necessary raw materials for a healthy physiology. But in order to properly utilize these nutritional building blocks, the physiological processes themselves must be functioning effectively. This is where regular chiropractic care comes in.

In order to put your dietary greens, berries, nuts, citrus fruits, root vegetables, grains, and proteins to good use, a complex array of networks needs to be working in harmony. Organs, tissues, and cells of your digestive, circulatory, and hormonal systems all need to exchange information smoothly and effectively.

Your nervous system is the master system coordinating all this activity, and regular chiropractic care helps ensure that your nervous system is functioning at its best. Regular chiropractic care helps you get the most out of your good nutritional choices and helps ensure the overall health and well-being of you and your family.

Valley Spinal Care Kierland Can Help

Contact Valley Spinal Care Kierland at (480) 443-7678 for your family’s regular chiropractic care. Our staff is warm and caring and we take the time to explain all procedures and their benefits. A healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, exercise, and regular chiropractic care can prevent chronic disease and ensure the the overall health and well-being of you and your family.


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Be Well in 2014!

The New Year is the perfect time to commit to a healthier way of life. Whether you’re just getting started or returning to a wellness-based lifestyle, boost your motivation and chances for success with our wellness tips for 2014.

It’s time to make health and wellness a priority for you and yours! Contact us today for support at every stage of your wellness journey.

Embrace Alternatives

Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage provide big wellness benefits. If you haven’t tried them yet, branch out this year and test the waters. As ongoing components of wellness, regular treatments like these allow your body to function at peak performance.

Hang With Healthy Crowd

Your social networks have a huge impact on your life. This year, surround yourself with people who you admire and build you up. If you’re embarking on a health and wellness journey, join a walking club or health food co-op. The influence of these new groups can increase your chance of success.

Manage Stress

It’s unavoidable—our lives are full of stress. Ward off its harmful effects by getting regular exercise, eating healthy, and making ongoing chiropractic adjustments as part of your lifestyle.

Get Sleep

Adults need their sleep! It is reported that 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. This year, commit to getting the six to eight hours your body needs to rejuvenate and heal each night.

Get Moving

Several recent studies show a clear relationship between how many hours we sit each day and a decreased life expectancy. You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to be active. Park farther away from your destination or take the stairs. If you sit at a desk each day, walk around your office for at least five minutes every hour.

Eat Breakfast and Add a Healthy Item To Meals

Studies show that a fiber packed breakfast gets your metabolism going and may also lower cholesterol levels. At every meal, make just one healthy choice. If you’re eating fast food, this might mean skipping the fries or choosing water instead of soda. If you’re eating at home, bump up your fiber intake by adding a veggie or fruit to your plate.

Change Your Mindset

No one likes change; it rarely comes easy. Slowly incorporating small steps toward your goals over time leads to huge changes in the long run. Many people jump, headfirst, onto the diet bandwagon around the New Year, but don’t. Adopting too much change at once often leads to burnout. Instead, outline your short-term goals, achieve them slowly, and you’ll soon find success.

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We can help you and yours be well in 2014. Call Valley Spinal Care Kierland at (480) 443-7678 for complete wellness services. Our staff is ready to help you achieve your goals!


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Headache?

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some headaches are occasional, some are more frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

It is wise to look for triggers that may cause a headache to start so future headaches can be avoided. Common headache triggers can be foods, things in the environment, or behaviors.

Ninety five percent of headaches are “primary headaches” such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. Primary headaches aren’t caused by disease and the headache itself is the primary concern. A great majority of headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck.

Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Chiropractic care can help alleviate stress, tension, and the aches and pains that often accompany them. Instead of popping a pill to rid yourself of the next headache, find relief naturally.

Sedentary activities and long hours in a fixed position or posture can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back, and scalp and can cause your head to ache.

As a society and across all generations, we are spending longer hours in front of a computer or other piece of technology. Whether it be for work or school or in our leisure time, we are sedentary in a fixed position for long stretches of time. It is good practice to stretch or take a walk every 30 minutes to relieve the tension in our neck, back, and shoulders.

Teeth clenching is common when we are stressed and it can lead to a form of tension headache. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. Clenching results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ)—the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull—leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.

Chiropractic care is all natural and has helped many people see a decrease in the frequency and length of tension headaches. The holidays are approaching and along with the good cheer comes stress and heachaches. We advise that you hydrate often, avoid triggers, and visit our office to maintain good alignment and good health. Call Valley Spinal Care Kierland at (480) 443-7678 to give the gift of chiropractic to yourself and those you love.


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Lung Cancer Awareness

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. During the month, many people throughout the country and the world come together for the lung cancer community. Events are held; articles are written; Facebook statuses are updated, videos are created; and proclamations are issued.

In our own lives, we can be mindful of staying healthy by eating good whole foods, incorporating exercise in our days, and keeping our bodies in line with regular holistic chiropractic care. Good nutrition keeps excess weight off and provides energy to deal with the stressors of everyday life. See the list below for foods that offer benefits in preventing and healing disease:

Top 5 Foods to Fight Lung Cancer

Broccoli: Broccoli tops the list of green, cruciferous vegetables that help fight lung cancer. It contains sulforaphane, which increases the production of enzymes that can eliminate carcinogens from cells. Broccoli consumed in any form is fine, but raw or juiced is believed to be optimal in order to ingest the vegetable in its purest form.

Green tea: Studies have shown that heavy smokers who drank decaffeinated green tea had a 31% decrease in their urinary levels of 8-OHdG (a marker of oxidative stress in DNA that is higher in people with lung cancer as opposed to other cancers). Green tea has long been touted for its powerful antioxidant properties, namely catechins, for its ability to diminish cancer risks and contribute to longer lives. Quite simply, the properties of tea have been found to stop a tumor from even forming in the first place.

Whole grains: According the University of Maryland Medical Center, foods high in iron and zinc, such as whole grains, play a large factor in reducing the severity of lung cancer symptoms.

Salmon: This fish is an important source of Omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that helps maintain a strong system. Omega-3 helps regulate circulatory and nervous system functions and is especially beneficial for those with a compromised system due to lung cancer complications. The fatty acid is also responsible for delivering proper vitamins throughout the body. It contains protein which the American Cancer Society says people with cancer need more of than those without the illness. In fact, low protein consumption can actually delay lung cancer healing. All of this, along with a balanced diet, plays a role in preventing lung cancer cell growth.

Finding wild caught fish that promotes health might be a challenge. Additional choices for healthy fats include chia and flax in whole seed, ground, or oil form.

Garlic: One of garlic’s potent ingredients, diallyl sulphide, acts like an antibiotic in the body and is often sought after by lung cancer patients because it may help reduce the production of cancer-causing chemicals. Garlic can also increase the white blood cells in the body, responsible for fighting toxins and helping prevent lung cancer.

Valley Spinal Care Kierland’s Dr. Chris Serafini is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and wellness objectives.

Call us today at (480) 443-7678 to schedule your visit and learn how chiropractic care and good nutrition can keep you healthy and in shape!


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Got Knots? Get Trigger Point!

You are invited to join our free workshop!

Thursday, October 17th

6:15 PM

Valley Spinal Care-Kierland

6339 East Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ


(64th Street / Greenway, South West corner, in the Fry’s plaza)

Have you ever felt like you had “knots” in your back/neck/shoulders? Learn what trigger points are…what causes them…and how to treat them! This is an interactive, hands on workshop. We will be learning how to release these trigger points. Please bring a partner if possible, as you will need to practice this technique with someone. However, if you are unable to bring a partner, please feel free to attend and you can pair up with another participant.

RSVP required – Click: Trigger Point or call (480) 443-7678.

Visit www.thescottsdalechiropractor.com for more information on Valley Spinal Care Kierland and Dr. Chris Serafini. Health is by choice not chance.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month!


National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) kicks off in October 2013 with the theme of “Get Vertical!” Get Vertical focuses on the importance of joint health at all stages of life and what people can do to keep their joints functioning properly.

ACA encourages everyone to use the month of October to get off their couches and office chairs, stand up and move! In other words, Get Vertical!

Joints are critical to all movement and allow us to carry out normal activities of daily living. Some 150 million to 200 million cases of back pain send people to the doctor every year—and many of those are related to joint injuries. The bones that make up the joint allow movement, but it is the muscles that pull the bones that produce the movement.

The movements that you perform on a daily basis are critical to long-term joint health, as are proper nutrition, a healthy exercise regimen, and a healthy lifestyle. Moving a joint through its full range of motion serves several important purposes. Joints are not supplied directly with blood as are other organs within the body, but instead are nourished with synovial fluid that is forced into the joint cartilage through pressure resulting from body movement. So the saying, “Use it or lose it” applies to joint function.

Contact Dr. Serafini at Valley Spinal Care Kierland at (480) 443-7678 for all your chiropractic needs.

Visit ACA website www.chirohealthy.com for more tips and information to keep you healthy and pain free!


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Personalized Stress Test!

You are invited to join our free workshop!

Saturday, September 21st

10:00 AM

Whole Foods Market – Paradise Valley

10810 North Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ

Let’s face it, everyone is stressed! Whether you’ve got a demanding career, are a stressed student, or a busy mom…you’ve got stress and whether you know it or not, it IS affecting you!

Did you know that stress is now considered a major contributor to numerous chronic conditions and serious health problems?! Fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, weight gain, digestive problems- can all be attributed to stress!

We’ll perform a simple diagnostic test to help determine if stress is taking its toll on you and give you feedback on the spot. Please allow 5 minutes per person for this individualized consultation. *Please feel free to drop in any time between 10-2

– Click: Stress Test or call (480) 443-7678.

Visit www.thescottsdalechiropractor.com for more information on Valley Spinal Care Kierland and Dr. Chris Serafini. Health is by choice not chance.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Got Knots? Get Trigger Point!

You are invited to join our free workshop!

Thursday, September 19th

6:15 PM

Valley Spinal Care-Kierland

6339 East Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ


(64th Street / Greenway, South West corner, in the Fry’s plaza)

Have you ever felt like you had “knots” in your back/neck/shoulders? Learn what trigger points are…what causes them…and how to treat them! This is an interactive, hands on workshop. We will be learning how to release these trigger points. Please bring a partner if possible, as you will need to practice this technique with someone. However, if you are unable to bring a partner, please feel free to attend and you can pair up with another participant.

RSVP required – Click: Trigger Point or call (480) 443-7678.

Visit www.thescottsdalechiropractor.com for more information on Valley Spinal Care Kierland and Dr. Chris Serafini. Health is by choice not chance.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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