Posts Tagged ‘Wellness Wednesday’

Stretches, Exercises and Adjustments for Sore Wrists

Often when a patient calls in complaining of wrist pain they assume they are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although the wrist is small in surface area, it has many important soft tissues that pass through it (muscles, nerves, and tendons). I wrote about carpal tunnel syndrome HERE and described it as a situation where a nerve gets compressed and can lead to tingling down into the fingers. However, there are other reasons that one’s wrist may hurt.

For example, if you get pain whenever you do pushups, or get in the front squat position with a bar against your collarbone- that is not carpal tunnel syndrome. Most likely it is a misalignment of one or more of the 8 little bones in the wrist or adhesions within the ligaments. If you ignore the pain and don’t fix the problem, you may start to compensate and could injure another area in the body. So what can you do about it.

  1. Come in to see me. I can determine where the cause of the problem actually is. I can adjust the bones and get them moving correctly.


  1. Strengthen your wrist with these simple exercises- 2x/day, 15-30 repetitions.IMG_7128 IMG_7129

Again, if you have any questions, feel free to call the office!

Dr. Marcus Dawson 515-967-3007


Frequently Asked Questions-Are All Patients Adjusted the Same Way?

“Are all patients adjusted the same way?” Is another question I get asked frequently. Let me break that down for you.

The short answer is-no! Our bodies are all uniquely designed and the way we live our life greatly affects the needs of our bodies. It would be out of the question for me to treat each patient exactly the same, especially without really evaluating the patient’s actual needs.

This is why your first visit to me will be a little longer. I do basic un-invasive testing to see which parts of your body are showing signs of misalignment. If X-rays or some other more extensive testing is needed, I walk through why I believe that.

Once I get a clear picture of what I’m working with, I evaluate which kind of method(s) I’ll be using to help with the adjustments. I have various tables and instruments that allow for all kinds of patients such as elderly, pregnant or unstable to be adjusted safely and comfortably.

Finally, I develop an individual plan. I compare this to your medical professional you might see for other health related issues. If you go to your family practice MD with a virus, you won’t receive much treatment. If you show up with strep throat your MD will probably prescribe a low dose antibiotic and a plan to get you healthy as soon as possible. If you come in with a fractured leg your health plan will probably require more medications, surgery, etc. It’s the same for chiropractic care. If you are generally in good health with only minor aches and pains, you will require far less appointments and adjustments than someone who has just been through a traumatic event (like a car accident, for instance.)

Furthermore, I re-evaluate often so that I can make sure I’m continuously doing what your body needs in that moment rather than what it needed a year or so ago. As you age your body changes so it’s important your individual plan changes with those needs.

If you have any questions about my evaluations or how I come up with each plan I would be happy to answer. Just give the office a call at 515-967-3007

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Frequently Asked Questions: Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

I get asked many of the same questions by potential patients. I don’t know if it’s the official start of summer or what it is but I’ve had more women than ever ask me if it’s safe to be adjusted while pregnant.

Having just celebrated my youngest’s 1st birthday I remember when my wife was pregnant with all three of my kids. Though I would never tell you her pregnancy and labor were pain free or easy, she has told everyone she knows that having chiropractic care throughout her pregnancy made such a difference.

So can YOU see a Chiropractor if you’re pregnant?

Absolutely! Everyone can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Whether it’s a newborn, 90-year-old or a woman in any stage of pregnancy, everyone benefits! The individual plan for a pregnant woman will take into account her age, weight, stage of pregnancy and condition of health. Many pregnant mothers find chiropractic adjustments not only help with pregnancy discomfort but can also smooth the delivery process for her and her baby. This is what one of my clients had to say about my care during her pregnancy:

“For my first pregnancy I didn’t use chiropractic care at all. I ate well and got exercise but hadn’t heard about all the benefits chiropractic could have for me and my baby. I had back pain most of my pregnancy and for the last trimester had radiating sciatica pain that left me bedridden many days. During labor I pushed for 3 hours because my son wasn’t in a great position for birth. For my second pregnancy I also ate well and exercised but this time I added in regular visits with Dr. Dawson. I have no back pain, no sciatic nerve pain and when it came to my labor-I pushed 2 times and delivered a healthy daughter! Nothing changed between the pregnancies other than I incorporated Dr. Dawson’s excellent chiropractic care into my health plan and it made a HUGE difference. I am so grateful I did and would recommend it to anyone considering becoming pregnant or who is currently pregnant as well.” -Jessie

So in short, yes! You can absolutely be adjusted while pregnant and it’s been proven to help alleviate many common pregnancy issues. If you have any specific questions about your pregnancy, give the office a call and I’ll be happy to answer them. 515-967-3007

-Dr. Dawson


Wellness Wednesday Recipe-Nutrition Packed Oats

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day but if your mornings look anything like ours-they are usually rushed. It’s hard to find a nutrition packed breakfast that doesn’t require a lot of time but today I’m showing you a breakfast that takes less than 2 minutes, is full of nutritional benefits and tastes delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need:


-Oats (gluten free optional)

-Peanut butter

-Maple syrup. Make sure it’s not one with high fructose corn syrup or high sugar content.


-Chia seeds

-Flax seeds

-Choice of fruit (raspberries and blueberries pictured)

The walnuts and chia seeds provide an excellent source of all Omega 3 fatty acids and necessary antioxidants. The oats are a great source of fiber and have been shown to reduce blood pressure. Flax seeds are powerful anti-inflammatories that can also help lower the risk of heart attacks and certain kinds of cancer.

The best news though? It takes all of two minutes to reap these powerful health benefits. Just cook your oats with water, put a little maple syrup until desired consistency. Add a scoop of peanut butter, a teaspoon of each seed, a handful of walnuts. Sprinkle with fruit.



Dr. Dawson.

Wellness Wednesday Recipe-Gluten Free Granola

When we were visiting my sister’s house last year she served yogurt, fruit and homemade granola for breakfast one morning. Everyone, including my kids, were going up for seconds and then thirds-the granola was that good!

After asking for the recipe I learned it was actually really quick and easy too. If you’re like me, those are two key components to any recipe with little ones running around.

Here’s what you’ll need:



1/2 C Brown sugar

1 3/4 C Ground walnuts or pecans

1 C Sunflower seeds

2 1/2 C Shredded coconut (look for unsweetened but if that’s not available just cut back on the sugar).

1 TB Salt

2 tsp Vanilla

2 tsp Almond Extract

1 C Water

1 C Coconut oil

5 1/2 C Rolled oats



-Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

-Heat coconut oil until it becomes a clear liquid.

-Combine all ingredients with the oil except the oats.

-Once all ingredients are well blended, add 1 cup of oats at a time, stirring to coat until you’ve deposited all 5 1/2 cups and all are well coated. If the coconut oil hardens during this time just reheat.

-Spread evenly on 2 cookie sheets.

-Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to evenly bake.


Use this granola on yogurt, in pancakes for an added crunch or on top of baked sweet potatoes! It’s also sweet enough to eat a spoonful straight.

Let me know what you think! Happy eating.

-Dr. Dawson.