Health 1st Chiropractic and Rehabilitation

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Get More Out of Your Run

At Health 1st Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, our staff supplies numerous treatment methods to help get your joints and spine in line. When joints are misaligned, they cannot flow through the full range of motion. Therefore, if you’re a runner, chiropractic care can help improve your coordination, increase your balance, amplify your precision and may even give you a better reaction time.


Gone are the days when chiropractic care was needed just for aches and pains. Nowadays, for runners, chiropractic care can be used for injury prevention because it emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. If the pelvis is misaligned, it can not only cause wear and tear your joints, but it can put a strain on one particular body part. Runners can specifically benefit from chiropractic adjustments that will improve your overall performance over time.


If you are a runner and think you may benefit from chiropractic treatment, please give us a call. To schedule an appointment in any of our Triad locations including our Greensboro, NC office, call us at 336-543-2231 or visit the Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation website, www.hstriad.com

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Self-Care for Back and Neck Pain

Almost everybody who experiences tight shoulders and neck accompanied with tension headaches knows how unpleasant the pain can be. Here at Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we offer a variety of treatments to treat your back and neck pain. However, when you can’t make it to the office, here are some self-care tips to keep your discomfort under control.



  1. Take it easy – contrary to popular belief, studies on acute back pain actually show that a few days of restricting your activity, and taking the appropriate over-the-counter medication, is all that many people need to allow the strained muscles to relax and unwind.

  2. Ice, then heat – Ice and heat can alleviate local pain that comes from muscle and ligament strain. Ice slows swelling and inflammation and using heat afterward increases blood flow to the deep tissues and relaxes muscle spasms.

  3. Massage -- if you have a willing companion, gentle massage may provide some relief by stretching tight muscles and ligaments.


If you are suffering from back and neck pain, give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To schedule an appointment in any of our Triad locations including our Greensboro, NC office, call us at 336-543-2231 or visit the Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation website, www.hstriad.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Goals of Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is defined as a bodily movement prescribed to correct impairment, improve musculoskeletal function, or maintain a state of well-being. At Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, if you suffer from shoulder pain, back pain, neck pain and hip pain, we guarantee to have an exercise method that will heal you in no time.


Therapeutic exercise seeks to accomplish the following goals: enable ambulation, release contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia, mobilize joints, improve circulation, improve respiratory capacity, improve coordination, reduce rigidity, improve balance and promote relaxation. In addition, therapeutic exercise helps improve muscle strength and exercise performance. No matter which types of exercise may be needed to remedy a patient’s specific condition, the final goal of rehabilitation is to achieve an optimal level of mobility by the end of the treatment procedure.


If you think that you can benefit from therapeutic exercise, give us a call. To schedule an appointment in any of our Triad locations including our Greensboro, NC office, call us at 336-543-2231 or visit the Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation website, www.hstriad.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Principles of Ergonomics

Believe it or not, ergonomics can make your job easier and keep your workforce safer. Simple things like sitting up straight while typing or lifting heavy objects with your legs instead of your back can save you a great deal of pain. Here at Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we can treat you if you’ve been injured on the job. However, we’d rather you follow these ergonomic principles to reduce the risk factors that lead to discomfort.



  • All work activities should permit the worker to adopt several different, but equally healthy and safe postures.

  • Where muscular force has to be exerted it should be done by the largest appropriate muscle groups available.

  • Work activities should be performed with the joints at about mid-point of their range of movement. This applies particularly to the head, trunk, and upper limbs.


If you have questions about ergonomics, please give us a call. To schedule an appointment in any of our Triad locations including our Greensboro, NC office, call us at 336-543-2231 or visit the Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation website, www.hstriad.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Benefits of Receiving Chiropractic Treatment

If you have stiff joints, a pain in the neck, arms, legs, or if you suffer from frequent headaches, then you are immediately a chiropractic candidate. Our doctors at Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to revitalize proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, without surgery or medication. The benefits from this type of treatment are endless.


Most people are unaware of all the benefits of keeping your spine and nervous system healthy. Chiropractors don’t just crack your neck and send you on your way. In fact, they do much more than that. In general, proper chiropractic treatment of your body's lumbar, or lower back, region, involves very little risk and the rewards can be significant. It may sound silly, but with regular chiropractic care, you can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your energy levels, all without hospitals or medicine.


If you think you may benefit from chiropractic treatment, please give us a call. To schedule an appointment in any of our Triad locations including our Greensboro, NC office, call us at 336-543-2231 or visit the Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation website, www.hstriad.com

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tips for Safe Summer Yard Work

Warmer weather and sprouting gardens often mean yard work! This summer, be sure you know how to keep your back safe through all that work. Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington and Winston Salem, NC want their patients to be mindful of their back. Keep reading for some tips!



  • Know how much you can handle. Stop when you get tired or feel your back has had enough. Even taking small breaks throughout the day can help.

  • Know how much you can lift. Use proper lifting techniques and do not attempt to lift, push, or pull something that you know is too heavy for you.

  • Find ways to make tasks easier on yourself. Bring tasks up to your level so you do not have to crouch or hunch over them. Using a workbench is a lot of relief on the back. Another tip is watering the soil to make any digging or pulling weeds easier.

  • Utilize garden tools. They are made to make tasks easier. Some of these helpful tools include kneeling pads, straps, and spades.


Yard work can be tough on the body if the proper precautions are not taken and prevention is the best medicine! To learn more about Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Greensboro, NC, give our office a call at (336) 543-2231. Our other locations may be found on our website, www.hstriad.com

Taking Synthroid? 5 Facts You Need To Know About Synthroid




Synthroid is the number 1 prescribed medication for people suffering with hypothyroidism.  After years of working with patients taking synthroid, here is a quick list of 5 facts you should know before you begin taking synthroid.


1.    Synthroid is a synthetic version of our own inactive thyroid hormone T4 or Synthetic Thyroxine.  This thyroid hormone is transported throughout the body and is converted to T3 which is the active thyroid hormone.  The first issue with this medication is that it is synthetic.  Whenever you add a chemical to the body, there are multiple processes the body must go through to utilize the medication - even though it “technically” is the same chemical make-up as the hormone our body produces.  The processes that the body must go through to utilize the synthetic thyroxine can initiate multiple reactions in the body, each of which can cause various signs and symptoms that a person taking synthroid should be on the lookout for.  For a list of reactions – read the label that comes with the medication.

2.    Synthroid is converted via the bodies metabolic processes into the active form of thyroid hormone better known as T3.  If you were unaware, T3 or triiodothyronine  is necessary for the cells of your body to initiate cellular activity.  In fact, thyroid hormones are the primary regulators of how much cell activity occurs in the body.  Although this explanation is an over-simplification of what truly occurs,  it does show how important the thyroid hormones are to our overall body functions.  This conversion of the synthetic medicine to the active hormone does not always occur as expected.  If there are issues with other body systems, the conversion process is unable to occur – making the medication not function as it was intended.    Let’s explain this more.

3.    If your body is unable to convert T4 to T3, many other body processes start to break down.  Since we know how important these hormones are to normal body function, and we are taking synthetic T4 (or the equivalent), our thyroid can become out of balance with the rest of the body and other processes begin to compensate.  This compensation can occur in the liver, the gut, or even in the brain, causing many of the other symptoms that people experience when their thyroid is not working properly.

4.    Synthroid has been shown to be effective for people with Primary Hypothyroidism.  Unbeknownst to most people, there are actually 6 different forms of thyroid dysfunction.  The difficulty is that of the 6 different types of thyroid dysfunctions, synthroid is only effective with one type of this disorder.  So millions of people who are taking medication for thyroid issues, may not be benefiting from the medication and in some cases may be making their thyroid issues worse.  It is important to understand which type of hypothyroidism you are experiencing and then understand what treatment protocols are appropriate for your particular case.

5.    If you are taking synthroid, make sure you have been properly diagnosed.  Since most doctors only test for TSH and T4 levels, many people have been incorrectly diagnosed with having primary hypothyroidism, when in fact, they have another type of hypothyroidism.  If you have been to your doctor, and have not had a comprehensive panel run for your thyroid dysfunction, you may be missing a piece of the puzzle that could help you truly understand what is going on with your thyroid.  We have found there are 9 specific thyroid tests that help determine the underlying nature of your thyroid issues.  If you haven’t had these 9 tests, you may be mis-diagnosed.


This is a quick list of what we teach our patients at our Thyroid Workshops, and our doctors have become educated in determining which lab tests should be run to give the best picture of a person’s thyroid function.  If you are suffering with thyroid issues and are searching for answers, now is the time to get your questions addressed.  Call any of our Triad offices, to schedule a time to speak with our doctors about your thyroid issues.