Navigating the Cycle of Chronic Pain

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

The story of chronic pain has a long history and is not going away.  It is getting worse according to the increasingly overwhelming reports of overuse and abuse of opiate medication for the condition. The feelings of helplessness turn to something known as “fear-avoidance” which is a common behavior in which the person avoids any activities they know have cause them to …

Why Use Ice Packs?

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

This is what comes out of many people’s mouth when they are asked to use ice packs to treat an injury: “Why should I use ice packs?  Heat feels so much better!” A very simple explanation is that cold (or an ice pack) reduces inflammation, which is what you are trying to control and manage with an initial injury.  Inflammation occurs …

How Do You Know When You’re On a Healthy Track?

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

Many people try so many things through the course of many years, to try to achieve good health.  These are usually attempted with good intentions and sometimes they work out and end up giving us the results that were desired. Other times, they don’t and this leaves a sense of failure or urgency to try something different. Eventually, when you feel …

Which Shoes Are Best?

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

With SO many options for footwear available, there are many things to consider when choosing a pair. We’re just going to talk about the basics with everyday shoes.  Sandals could be a whole other post!

We Received An Award!

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This past weekend Marty Chiropractic received an award for participating in a pilot project on outcome measures in low back pain treatment with ChiroCare of Minnesota, Inc (CCMI) and Minnesota Community Measurement.  

The Amazing Avocado

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

For all the guacamole-lovers out there, this one’s for you! The avocado is a fruit (identifiable by it’s pit) and it has wonderful health benefits.  It grows on a tree native to South Central Mexico. It matures on the tree, but ripens off the tree.  It is a healthy fat, which was mentioned in a previous post, and a delicious snack. …

Easy Posture Exercise: Bruegger’s Relief Position

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

Give yourself a break from working on your computer, driving, lifting kids, pushing and lifting other heavy things, and stretch.  The Bruegger’s Relief Position opens and expands muscles and parts of joints that are mostly tight and compressed while doing movements and postures while hunched over and with the arms out in front of the body.  The Bruegger’s Relief Position …

Healthy Fats Are Necessary

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

  There is a lot of talk about fat and which types are good or bad for you.  Instead of thinking about whether they are “good” or “bad” I suggest thinking about them in terms of which ones will promote balanced health.  You have a choice as to if you want to create your health or work against your health. …

How to Reduce Inflammation

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

A few recent posts ago, inflammation was discussed as a source of pain.  The good news is, there are ways you can reduce and prevent inflammation from occurring, to help modulate, reduce, and prevent pain.  Important to know is that systemic inflammation is not only pain generating, but also a main contributor to all chronic disease.  So by implementing the …