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History of chiropractic at ‘Rags to Riches’

Akridge & Akridge Chiropractic will present a history of chiropractic medicine during the Sarpy County Museum’s “Rags to Riches Antique Roadshow” event, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

In addition to tracing the history, we also will have a spin-the-wheel game for prizes and will be giving free spinal exams.

Local experts in antiques, coins and jewelry will be on hand for “Rags to Riches.” The public is invited to bring in historic, rare or unique items. The experts will provide information about the items and give participants an idea of their value.

Feeling stressed? Relax with chiropractic care

You know the signs of being stressed out. Your heart beats faster, muscles tense, and it’s more difficult to think while you’re trying to meet a deadline or cope with a last-minute problem.

But when you get a headache that same night or your lower back pain flares up the next day, you still could be suffering the effects of the earlier stress.

Stress relief by Akridge Chiropractic“Past or present psychological distress can also lead to pain, particularly low-back pain, which often comes with leg pain, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression,” according to the American Chiropractic Association. “Stress may even be a more powerful pain generator than strenuous physical activity or repetitive motion.”

When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called epinephrine, or adrenaline. This increases heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels. Your body also releases glucocorticoid cortisol, or hydrocortisone, which suppresses inflammation and the immune system.

All of these reactions are necessary when you’re facing a one-time “fight-or-flight” situation: someone is attacking you, for example. But when the stress is ongoing, from work or at home, it takes a toll on your body.

High levels of glucocorticoids can hinder growth, delay wound healing, and increase risk of infection.

“Chronic stressors — or their constant anticipation — can make us believe that we must always be on guard, leading to anxiety,” the ACA says. “Feelings of hopelessness or avoiding solving our problems can spark depression.”

Chiropractic care can help manage lower back and other pain that flares up in stressful situations. The ACA also recommends exercise, massage and other stress-relief measures to keep you pain-free.

April is national Stress Awareness Month. If you think you’re in pain due to stress, please check in with Dr. Craig or Dr. Lacey. We’ll evaluate the source and help you find ways to relieve both the stress and the pain.


Olympian Tomasevicz endorses chiropractic care

Curt TomaseviczSome know Curt Tomasevicz from his days as a Nebraska Cornhusker running back and linebacker. More recently, sports fans around the world know him for his participation on the bronze medal-winning 2014 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

Chiropractors in the state also know Tomasevicz in his role as a spokesman for the Nebraska Chiropractic Association. Tomasevicz mentions chiropractic care when talking about training for football and the Olympics. In a March 6 interview with Huskers Sports Network,  Tomasevicz talked about how chiropractic care helped his entire bobsledding team.

“Our sport is very violent,” he said. “It’s really hard on the body. Chiropractic care has been a great asset for me as well as my teammates.  . . . That’s how we can make a career (in bobsledding) last 10 years. That’s kind of rare.”

Tomasevicz’ belief in chiropractic care began before the Olympics, though. When he decided in 2004 to train with the U.S. bobsled team, his hometown of Shelby, Neb. raised $26,000 to support him. A chiropractor and physical therapist also contributed their services.

Curt Tomasevicz celebrates with the 2014 Olympics bobsledding team from the U.S.
Curt Tomasevicz, right, celebrates with the 2014 Olympics bobsledding team from the U.S.

Now that the Olympics are over, Tomasevicz said he’s trying to decide which way to turn next. He’d like to find a career that uses his degree in engineering, but he’d also like to use his sports knowledge as well.

“I can’t imagine a better feeling than the feeling we had with my teammates just a couple weeks ago,” he said in the interview. “That was pretty epic, coming away with the bronze medal in that type of race.

To listen to the interview, go to the audio archive page. Scroll down to the March 6 Sports Nightly program. Click on the icon on the right to download the audio file. The interview starts at about 1:20:00. You will need Windows Media Player to listen to it.