How to stay Healthy through the Holidays

Get Adjusted

  • Chiropractic adjustments increase the function of the nervous system. The nervous system is the master system of the body, and when the nervous system is functioning at it’s best, so is the immune system.

Avoid Inflammatory Foods

  • You might be thinking this is impossible with all of the delicious holiday foods, but you can supplement sugar and gluten filled foods with natural sweeteners, such as Stevia, and all-purpose flour alternatives, such as almond flour and coconut flour. Reducing the use of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and gluten will make digesting food easier on your body and in turn reduce the stress on your immune system.

Treat yourself!

  • Allow yourself to find a little time for some R n’ R (Rest and Relaxation). The holidays can be filled with the stress of cooking, shopping and preparing for family gatherings. But, in the midst of the chaos, make sure you take time for yourself and enjoy time with your family and friends.

Here are a few traditional recipes with a healthy twist!






Apple-Cranberry Stuffing





Pumpkin Pie

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Chronological Age Vs. Subjective Age

A popular saying is, “you’re only as old as you think you are”. It is funny how this can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. People who honestly feel this way really do act, and oftentimes look, younger than their age. On the other hand, some people seem to age quickly; they decline mentally and physically just because they think they’re old once they’ve reached a certain age.
A recent research project was done to further investigate this saying. In 2014, there was research done in France to look at the relationship between chronological age, subjective age, and changes in memory. The researchers findings were rather eye-opening. Subjective age is how young or old someone feels they are rather than their actual numeric age. Someone in good physical and mental shape may be 60, 70 or 80 years of age numerically, but feels like they aren’t a day over 50. On the other hand, someone dealing with illness or chronic pain may feel like they’re 80 when they’re only 60 years old. The researchers found that saying, thinking, or feeling older than one actually is can cause depression and memory problems. People who feel younger had a slower memory decline and had quicker recall capabilities. This leads us to believe that a person’s subjective age has a lot to do with how they feel physically and mentally.
Chiropractic treatments are vital in pain reduction and management. In addition to a healthy diet and active lifestyle, getting regular chiropractic treatments are a great way to stay healthy and make sure that you feel young no matter your chronological age.
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How to Have a HEALTHY-ish Halloween

October is here, it is getting colder, and thanks to the grocery stores promoting Halloween,  you are on the 3rd bag of trick or treat candy and beggar’s night hasn’t even happened yet!  How do you stay focused on your family’s wellness with all these temptations, while still enjoying the fun that comes with the holiday?  Here are a few tricks to keep  you and your family from spending October in a sugar-filled frenzy!


When your body is in alignment, everything feels better.  You are able to move pain free, and have increased range of motion allowing you to stay active.  The more active you are, the more calories you burn.  The other benefit to getting adjusted is that it may help in boosting the immune system, problems with metabolism and reducing stress, all of which impact your body’s ability to burn calories.


We all crave a treat every once in awhile; when taxing your child for his beggar’s night load,  choose candy that will keep your blood sugar from spiking, avoiding the dreaded sugar crash that follows.  Candy with a lower glycemic index (milk or dark chocolate, snickers, twix and reeses peanut butter cups) slows down the process of the sugar going into the blood stream, keeping your blood sugar from spiking.  Although, not a healthy choice, it is a better choice.


Many of you have heard of the Teal Pumpkin Movement, an initiative created to bring awareness to the ever growing food allergies our kids are experiencing.  Homes set out a teal pumpkin if they are offering allergen free treats.  Some of the best choices are small toys, stickers, pencils, slime, etc…These non-consumables are not only a fun prize for all the ghouls and goblins that come to your door, they are also welcomed by the kids that can’t have much of what is put in their halloween bags.  Bonus for you??? NO TEMPTATION!!


You have avoided the Halloween aisle all month, you bought toys instead of treats for beggar’s night but 8:00pm on the 31st is here and your child just brought in the BIGGEST BAG OF TREATS you have EVER SEEN!! Don’t panic!  Let you and your child pick a few of your favorites and leave the rest out for the Switch Witch.  While your child sleeps the Switch Witch will come to your house and take the rest of the candy, leaving behind something special like a toy, money or gift card in its place.


There are many organizations that accept Halloween candy donations.  In the Columbus Ohio area, you can donate to The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio,  Operation Gratitude, Operation Buckeye and Operation Shoebox.

Be safe, Have fun, Enjoy your family, and remember that there is more to Halloween than the Candy!!


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Meet Dr. Nicole

You may have noticed a new face in the office recently! We are THRILLED to have Dr. Nicole as our newest team member at Advanced Wellness Center. She is currently completing her preceptorship, a program designed to enhance one’s clinical training and gain insight into the daily management of a practice with Dr. Troy.
Dr. Nicole is originally from Cincinnati, and while attending The Ohio State University, fell in love with the Columbus area. Dr. Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Community Health and upon completion of her undergraduate degree, continued her studies at Logan University in St. Louis where she earned her Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and will graduate with her Doctorate of Chiropractic in December.
Dr. Nicole is excited to call the Columbus area home and to share her passion for Chiropractic and Wellness with the families, kids, and athletes of the community. Please be sure to meet her the next time you are in the office!
Would you like to have Dr. Nicole share with your group or business about the benefits of Chiropractic Care? Contact the office at 614-488-6820
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Voting has begun for Best in Cbus

Thanks to your write in votes we are in the running to be THE TOP PICK for Chiropractic Care in Columbus. Please help us share the Chiropractic Revolution with our great city!
Voting is simple and you can do it EVERY DAY through Sunday October 22nd. Every time YOU vote you earn a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card from The Columbus Dispatch!
  • Use the link below to access the polls
  • Click on All Categories
  • Click on Health and Beauty
  • Click on Best Chiropractic Practice, when you find Advanced Wellness center select the Green VOTE button to vote
  • Enter your email address and click continue
  • Fill out the registration form

To Vote Again, simply use the link in your email and click on Advanced Wellness Centers green vote button
Want to share your vote on Social Media? Be sure to tag us and use our hashtag #ActivateWellnessAWC
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Join us from 12-3pm Thursday, September 21st for our Ribbon Cutting and Make-a-Wish Foundation Fundraiser

Join us in celebrating our new location and help us fundraise for the Make-a-Wish foundation of Central Ohio! Ribbon Cutting at 1pm followed by Burgers on the grill, Chair Massages and Adjustments (donations will be accepted) Every new patient will be registered in our Raffle for a chance to win prizes. All event donations and a portion of the new patient appointments will go back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Ohio to help make a child’s wish come true.  Click on the link below to let us know we will see you there!

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Secrets to Reducing Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is now in the spot light as a major contributor to many of today’s most debilitating conditions. Diabetes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergies and many autoimmune conditions are all products of chronic inflammation in the body. The unfortunate reality is that most of these conditions are treated by methods that only take away the symptoms and do not address the cause.
So where does chronic inflammation typically start and why is it at the root of so many conditions?
Inflammation typically starts in the gut with an autoimmune reaction to foreign substances penetrating the intestinal lining. The degree of permeability in the gut is highly sensitive to many hormonal changes in the body, such as cortisol, which is a stress hormone that is constantly high for many Americans that lead taxing lifestyles. Many of us also eat highly inflammatory foods such as processed foods, commercial meats, and farmed fish. These foods are inflammatory because they contain linoleic acid, which is converted into arachadonic acid in the body and then into prostaglandin E2 – an eicosanoid associated with pain.
When we eat inflammatory foods in an overstressed state, we give toxins, bacteria, and undigested foods an invitation to pass through the intestinal wall into the blood stream and force our immune system to work around the clock. With the immune system constantly under pressure, it becomes overused, and the body responds with more inflammation to help with the fight. This viscous cycle can result in achy joints, foggy brain, fatigue, organ damage, and any number of other serious conditions.
Fortunately, there are many ways to assist the body to reduce its inflammatory markers and help it heal from the inside out.
Chiropractic Care
Not only does chiropractic care help the body heal itself by allowing the nervous system to operate at its most optimal capacity, it also will help diminish several inflammatory cytokines helping reduce inflammation all over the body. In a study of 21 participants with lower back pain, 9 chiropractic treatments were shown to normalize several inflammatory mediators, namely IL-6 and CRP. No other forms of treatment were administered during the testing period. Our team of chiropractors at the Symmetry Health Centers in Alameda and Oakland have helped thousands eliminate pain and reduce inflammation.
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Contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
  • Encourages proper eicosanoid synthesis
  • Supports the body’s normal tissue repair process
  • Supports normal blood flow
  • Supports healthy immune system function*
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The Boswellia component is standardized to contain 180 mg of Boswellia acids per tablet, and the Turmeric component contains 70.4 mg of curcuminoids per tablet. These and other compounds within Boswellia Complex work together to:
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Diet, Exercise, Rest and Hydration
Avoid foods that are high in saturated fats and trans fats, as well as foods with a high glycemic index. A Mediterranean-style diet that incorporates olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains is thought to act as a natural anti-inflammatory. A good diet helps to maintain a healthy body weight. It is recommended to avoid or limit alcohol, tobacco, sugar and refined carbs.
Regular Exercise keeps your body moving and joints lubricated, your muscles toned and your energy level high. Those who exercise regularly are more likely to heal faster from injuries and less likely to develop chronic inflammation.
Several studies have shown that sleep deprivation can have an impact on inflammation and even increase it. A study in 2006 concluded that sleep loss alters molecular processes that drive cellular immune activation and induce inflammatory cytokines,2 which in turn can increase pain.
Water is an essential element to maintaining the body’s proper function. In fact, there are many benefits associated with drinking water aside from the basic need to stay hydrated. Water can help optimize energy throughout the day by nourishing your cells, keep the discs of the spine hydrated and even help modulate your calorie intake. It is also thought to help reduce chronic inflammation by reducing acidosis and keeping the body’s PH level in balance.
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Can Your Body Predict the Weather?

The skies are clear blue, but you’re having an arthritis flare up. Could a storm be looming? You feel it in your bones, but is it just an old wives’ tale? Or can joint pain actually predict weather changes?
Believe it or not, your weather forecasting might have some validity, thanks to the effects of barometric pressure changes on your body.
Although many people say that their pain worsens with damp, rainy weather, research has shown that it’s not the cold, wind, rain, or snow, The thing that affects people most is barometric pressure.
Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us.
If you imagine the tissues surrounding the joints to be like a balloon, high barometric pressure that pushes against the body from the outside will keep tissues from expanding.
But barometric pressure often drops before bad weather sets in. This lower air pressure pushes less against the body, allowing tissues to expand — and those expanded tissues can put pressure on the joint. It’s very microscopic and we can hardly notice, except that we have these sensations, furthermore, when people have chronic pain, sometimes nerves can become more sensitized because of injury, inflammation, scarring, or adhesions.
As we enter Fall and the weather begins to change, we see more inconsistency in the barometric pressure, which leads to more aches and pains.
Chiropractic adjustments are useful in relieving pain in the nerves, improving circulation, and increasing range of motion, all of which can be essential in treating inflammation. If you’re suffering from inflammation, whether it be acute or chronic inflammation, chiropractic adjustments may be the solution you’re looking for. Our patients suffering from Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia and other joint related pain find relief with consistent adjustments, maintaining the mind/ body connection and preventing the fluctuation in barometric pressure to have as big of an impact.
Massage Therapy can be instrumental in relieving inflammation. Like chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy targets a variety of your body’s systems, including the nervous and muscular systems, the circulatory system, and even your lymphatic and respiratory system, which means that we can target multiple possible causes of inflammation through this treatment technique.
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Concussions and Chiropractic


As sports seasons are right around the corner and practices begin, there is an uptick in the number of patients who come in with injuries to their head with the concern of a possible concussion. We want to take this opportunity to let everyone know some of the most common symptoms as well as the dangers associated with head injuries. If you or one of your children have suffered an injury make sure to be on the lookout for headaches, visual disturbances, nausea, blackout, or tiredness. A regular misconception about concussions is that it takes a direct blow to the head in order to cause them, but they can be due to snapping of the head from one side to another such as in car accidents or getting tackled in a football game.

If you have any concerns about whether you or someone you know may have a concussion monitor them, and don’t allow them to drive. Concussions and brain injury can be very serious without having severe presentations as they can sometimes take time to develop. It only takes one of the above symptoms to signal the presence of a concussion so don’t wait to get scheduled so that we can take a look. We are specifically trained in how to evaluate concussions, and can determine if there is more to a headache than “feeling it” after a hard hit. Many times there are areas of the neck that aren’t moving and functioning correctly due to the forces that were applied to the neck during the initial injury. Most commonly, we find issues at C1 and C2 where the origination of the nerves that go to the vestibular system (balance and vertigo), and the muscles controlling eye movement. Correcting the problems in the neck can alleviate the symptoms of the concussion. If there is a concussion present, we will be able to direct you in making the best decisions for a speedy recovery as well as how to prevent further injury to the brain in the future! If you have any indications of a possible concussion or you see someone take a hard hit make sure that they come into AWC so that we can make sure they get the help that we need.

In Wellness,
Dr. Ryan
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How Heavy is too Heavy? Kids and Backpacks

When shopping for backpacks there is more to consider than just fashion and durability. Our kids are carrying more than ever,  and not just back and forth from home and school.  Many students at the middle and high school level, carry their book bags with them all day.

We have seen an increase of lower back, shoulder and neck pain in young patients.  This new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks – often slung over just one shoulder. Common issues from wearing heavy backpacks for extended periods of time could be anything from simple irritation to diminished nerve capacity, ultimately limiting the muscles’ ability to respond to the brain’s signals, inhibiting movement of the hand and the dexterity of the fingers.

Consumer Report conducted a survey and found that kids from Kindergarten to Fourth Grade carry approximately 5 pounds of homework, by the time they reach 6th grade that number can reach up to 30 pounds. Of those children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result.

What Can You Do?

ACA ofers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.

  • Be sure to bring your school age children in regularly for posture assessments to ensure damage isn’t being done by the use of backpacks.  Having your child adjusted regularly to keep the pathways between the nervous system and the brain open and free to communicate will also reduce the risk of injury.
  • Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
  • Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry-and the heavier the backpack will be.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
Jennifer Simonette
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