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Peppermint Oil- How can this benefit me?

 Peppermint Oil Benefits What is peppermint oil? Peppermint oil is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint. This oil is gathered by CO2 or extraction of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant. This oil is made up of menthol and menthone, providing many different benefits to humans. Peppermint oil is very versatile in the way that i...
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Posture is the Way!

"Stand up properly!" "Sit up straighter!" Those are the phrases our parents have told us in the past when it comes to our posture as children (among other things we get in trouble with!). Jokes aside, posture is a very important aspect when it comes to not only for living our daily lives, but with workouts, confidence, and other things. There are l...
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Decompression Therapy-Is this a treatment for you?

 Decompression is an effective, non-invasive therapy designed to slowly lengthen and decompress the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates an intradiscal vacuum that helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched nerves. During the d...
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Stretching Series: Too Long? Too Short? Or Just Right!!

We have a previous post earlier in this blog about stretching and the benefits of it. As before, there are multiple tactics to stretch, whether its active stretching, PNF stretching or dynamic stretching. Stretching techniques will depend on the situation. Example: During a dynamic warm up, active stretching such as hamstring scoops or arm swings a...
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West End Chiropractic and Wellness named best clinic in St. Louis Park 2021

 This year at our clinic, West End Chiropractic and Wellness, we were named "Best Clinic in St. Louis Park" by City South Magazine for the 8th year in a row! Here at West End Chiropractic we aim to deliver the best chiropractic treatment in Minnesota. We not only focus on adjustments themselves, but also take a look at outside factors that cou...
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Foot Strength: The Way to Improving Function and Athleticism

As humans, we have evolved when it comes to technology, clothes, cars...the list goes on! One of the more famous evolutions is footwear! It has been a blessing for our feet to help improve performance and prevent injuries. However, there is a balance people must keep in mind. It is imperative to wear shoes during athletic events and walking around ...
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​Plantar Fasciitis-Best tips and tricks to find relief!

Summer is in full swing, and we are seeing many people become more active. Although we want people as active as possible, its very common that with that activity comes injury. We see a lot of patients in our office that complain of foot/heel pain. This pain is usually due to plantar fasciitis- which is inflammation of the plantar fascia. This tough...
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The Missing Piece to Running Success: Quad/Hip Flexibility?

With summer in full swing and the sun shining, a plethora of activities come into the mix, with running being one the top activities to do! Running is an awesome activity to do whenever you want to explore new sights, challenge your body to the next level, or join a group of friends for a social outing! The opportunities are endless. At our clinic,...
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Heat or Ice- Which one is best for my pain?!

When it comes to experiencing pain from either a new injury or a problem that has been ongoing for years, our first question is always "how can I relieve this pain?" Both heat and ice have their own benefits to relieving pain at home. One of our most frequently asked questions here in the clinic is when to use which one. The typical "rule of t...
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​Feeling Tingly Down the Arms while working from home? Here is a solution to "push" things forward!

Working from home has been quite the norm this past year or so. Even then, in todays world we have slowly transformed into this industrial society where we sit the most, commute (drive) the most, and work more hours during the week. Which, over time, can cause multiple issues down the road, ware and tear, and dysfunction of muscles of the body. Thi...
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Workplace Posture a Struggle? Here's a Few Tips to Help!

Let's talk about workplace ergonomics... especially after how this year has gone, we've never needed tips more than now! Proper ergonomics in the workplace are extremely important. Our posture plays a huge role in our everyday lives and because we spend so much of our time working, it's important that we have the correct posture while doing so. Esp...
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SLOW DOWN! Life Comes Fast; Here is How to Slow The Mind

In today's world, there are multiple distractions such as smart phones, computers, and television that can cause stimulation. With social media being a factor on top of that, comparison to other people's lives does not make things better. Smartphones with constant notifications coming through can excite the brain, but over the course of time i...
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water Intoxication-How much water is too much?

Drinking enough water is important for many different reasons- such as preventing fatigue, flushing out toxins, regulating blood pressure, staying hydrated, etc. What isn't as commonly talked about is what happens when we get too much water. The definition of water intoxication is: "A lowered blood concentration of sodium (hyponatremia) that occurs...
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The Great Outdoors! Ways To Help Get Your Mind and Body Right

"Ah, the great outdoors!" I'm sure at some point life, you have heard this quote whether in a movie, or while on a hike. That being said, spending time outside can do a huge helping to your body when it comes to physical or mental health. The outdoors have been a popular choice for anyone who is looking to go on camping trips, road trips, or a...
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Cupping- What is it and can it benefit you?

 Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It is another form of soft tissue work that is designed to break up adhesions and muscle tension in order to relieve pain. Some people even use the cups as a form of deep tissue massage. The way c...
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Stressed Out and Need Ideas? This DIY Solution May Help!

Stress is a very common feeling that many people experience throughout their lives. Whether it's from work, home, holidays, or just feelings of overall inadequacy, we are constantly searching for ways to relive this stress. Although there are many different ways we can help ourselves to relieve stress, sometime we forget that the simplest things ca...
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Yoga and the Brain-How Do They Connect?

We constantly hear how yoga can play a major role in not only our physical health, but our mental health as well. Although it's a common answer given to many people struggling with anxiety and depression, it's unclear as to how or why this form of exercise is so beneficial. Yoga is so beneficial for our mental health because it impacts our brain's ...
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Need More Omega 3 Options? Enter The Olive Oil

In todays world, diets are the craze when it comes to improve health, fitness, and quality of life. One aspect of a great diet is to obtain omega 3 fatty acids in the diet.  There are multiple ways to get omega 3 fatty acids. As a refresher, omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to improve the immune system, brain health, heart health and joint ...
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Activated Charcoal-Why is it beneficial?

Activated charcoal is a natural treatment used to remove toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so that they aren't reabsorbed. Activated charcoal is made from natural ingredients that are used medicinally for many major conditions sch as poisoning and overdoses, as well as chemical build up in the body over the years. Ac...
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Injured From a Car Accident in St. Louis Park, Minnesota

     Car accidents are always an event that no one expects to happen. Whether it is a fender bender, or getting rear ended on the highway, it is an issue that no one takes lightly. The event of the accident can cause serious issues that may or may not pop up right away. Some effects of car accidents can be pain in the neck, upper bac...
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