Entries by Keystone Chiropractic

Is Your Pillow A Problem?

The average American sleeps about 7 hours per night according to estimates. That is a long time to be in a relatively still position. Is it bad to sleep in a position that compromises your spine all night? Evidence suggests that poor sleeping habits may affect your health.  One way to counter this is with […]

Anterior Head Syndrome and Its Effects on You

Anterior Head Syndrome is a secondary condition caused by structural shifts in the upper spine which can lead to a variety of health concerns which many people in West Des Moines deal with every day.   If you are experiencing a health concern and would like to learn if structural corrective chiropractic care may help, […]

You Have to Go Forever – The Chiropractic Myth

It’s always fun to meet and get to know the people that make up the Des Moines community. When people learn that we’re chiropractors, we get an array of responses. We mostly hear about their problem areas, chiropractic experiences, and how chiropractic has positively impacted their lives. Sometimes, we get a look of fear with […]

TMJ Dysfunction and Structural Chiropractic

  A common condition that we have seen more frequently in our office is temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD. Many people have the occasional jaw pain when taking a bite of a big burger or crunching down on hard candy, but people with chronic jaw pain can suffer terribly. TMJ problems occur in the joint […]

Do You Have One of These 5 Warning Signs?

If you or someone you know has one or more of the following signs, it is likely an indication of a structural abnormality in the body’s inner framework, the spine. 1.) Chronic Headaches Headaches are a huge indicator that someone has a problem in their upper spine. There are many different types of headaches and […]

Why Won’t My Baby Stop Crying?

Your baby has all the signs: loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fists. The crying is excessive and uncontrollable. Your stress is high and you are frustrated because nothing you try seems to soothe or calm them down. You’ve fed them, changed them, sang to them, rocked them, and you’re not […]

When Is Supplementation Necessary?

There is no such thing as a silver bullet when it comes to health. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. However, your body DOES have an amazing ability to heal and recover, sometimes far quicker than you might expect. Health is a result of meeting the vital requirements of the human body.   Plants […]

3 Tips for Healthy Hydration

It is important to keep in mind at all times of the year, but as the mercury rises, it’s more important than ever to focus on how much fluids your body receives each day. Water is one of the most essential components of the human body; it makes up over half of it! It regulates body […]

Is Your Child Living to Their Potential?

“One day I felt fine, and then the next day I was just miserable…” Have you heard someone say this? Probably enough that it’s hard to recognize the absurdity of that statement.  Except for severe trauma like car accidents, major falls, poisoning, etc., people do not suddenly become ill. Disease is not happen spontaneously. Small […]

Tips for Optimizing Balance and Coordination

Have you ever wondered how you are able to walk through your house in the middle of the night, and still with a reasonable amount of confidence, not run into walls? It is pretty obvious that being in your own house you have seen it numerous times during the day that you are able to recall […]

The Root of the Matter

Spring is in full swing and summer is quickly approaching in Des Moines.  With it comes a variety of outdoor activities including farmer’s markets, festivals, getting out on the trails, and everyone’s favorite…mowing the lawn! Whether mowing the lawn is your favorite thing to do or not, it’s a necessary evil to help keep your […]

What to do about Migraines?

When was the last time you had a headache?  Perhaps it was it was last month, it may have been a few days ago, or maybe you have one right now! Headaches are a well-known and common discomfort that most people experience in their lives. They can range from a dull discomfort the morning after a few too many […]

Healthy New Year!

Wishing you a healthy 2016!  A new year is a time many reflect on the past year and look ahead to what’s to come.  What are you looking forward to?  Are there areas of your life you wish to improve?  Some of the most common goals at the start or at other times of the year […]

A Simple Philosophy for Indulging

The holiday season is  underway with many parties and other festivities around the Des Moines area.  Perhaps you’ve already attended holiday parties with friends, family, or coworkers and have more to look forward to.  These gatherings often have a focus around FOOD! You may have seen headlines or read articles on ways to cut carbs or […]

Do You Work With Kids?

People are often surprised to find out that we work with so many kids in the office. Most people are under the impression that children are way too young to have a structural problem in the spine.  It is true that some kids we check in the office have no structural problems at all. However, […]

What You Need to Know about H2O

Often times, when describing Neuro-Structural Correction to a patient, we’ll liken it to the alignment of a car.  If there is a shift within the frame of the car, or a structural issue, secondary problems are likely to occur.  Similarly, when there are structural shifts of the spine, secondary conditions are likely to arise.  And, […]

Is Running Bad for My Body?

Many people look forward to this time of year due to the high number of running and walking races across the Des Moines area, including the IMT Des Moines Marathon that was a few weeks ago.  Running is a common form of exercise chosen by people that want to increase their fitness abilities. Programs like Couch to 5k have encouraged millions […]

For Americans, Everyday is Halloween

Halloween, and Beggars’ Night in Des Moines, are coming up at the end of the week which may raise concerns over children and their sugar intake from candy.  That’s largely understandable, and it is not unusual for children to finish the evening with several pounds of candy in tow.  All the press that surrounds sugar and candy intake at Halloween time seems odd, though, […]

Avoid an Energy Crisis

One of the most common problems that people talk about is lack of energy.  If you’re reading this right now, you may be in the midst of a mid-afternoon crash, and looking for some stimulation to keep your energy and focus up. The “energy crisis” problem has become so widespread that energy drinks such as 5 […]

Do You Spend More Time Shopping for a Car…Than You Do for Your Doctor?

We are asked a variety of questions by patients, family, and friends.  Common ones include, “What treatment works?  Does acupuncture work?  How about massage therapy?  What about physical therapy?  Would conventional chiropractic help?  Maybe surgery is the best thing?”  Of course, the number one inquiry of Keystone Chiropractic is if Neuro-Structural Chiropractic works. Choose the Provider […]

“The 3 P’s” for a Normal Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a major event in any woman’s life.  Whether it is her first or fifth,  it is important to ensure that normal structure of her spine is maintained to diminish the chances of secondary issues arising throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  One of the secondary problems that women may face is dystocia, or a difficult […]

Top 5 Foods to Boost Brain Power

You may have noticed that brain health makes its way into the news now and again, especially as it relates to things like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and overall cognitive function.  Why is it a big deal?  In short, your brain is your most valuable health asset.  The brain and nervous system work together to […]

Combating Chronic Inflammation

As people age, they are not only looking to live longer, but better as well, and that includes avoiding the effects of chronic inflammation.  Inflammation treatment is a big industry because of that.  There is a long list of medications, supplements, and salves aimed at managing chronic inflammation, and the number of advertisements for anti-inflammatory […]

If It’s Happening in Pro Sports, It’s Happening in Your Child’s School, Too.

Fall is here and the fall sports season is well underway around the Des Moines metro.  Unfortunately, along the spectrum from young to professional atheletes, comes the risk of concussion.  Each year, nearly 2 million traumatic brain injuries occur, 75% of which are concussions.  Approximately 300,000 of those are sports related, in large part, due […]

Is it Necessary to Have X-rays of My Spine?

Many people have concerns about visiting a chiropractic office and the potential exposure to ionizing radiation through spinal x-rays. People are concerned with the cumulative effects of the radiation, particularly after the media and TV icons discuss it. The use of x-ray, even in chiropractic, is mixed.  Some use it to rule out conditions, like […]

Your Brain on Sugar

Is sugar addictive?  Can it lead to other problems? What are the effects of excess sugar on your body? Before we can talk about the health consequences of consuming too much sugar, it’s important to understand why we like sweets and the effect they have on the brain and nervous system.  The alterations in brain chemistry from […]

Sleeping Your Way to Better Health

You’ve likely heard that not getting enough quality sleep can be detrimental to your health.  As a matter of fact, there is quite the price to pay.  Being sleep deprived can impair memory, decrease performance and alertness, lead to depression/anxiety, and decrease immune function, leaving you more susceptible to disease. If that doesn’t motivate you, […]

“I’m Just Getting Old”

Achy joints, a twinge in the knee, or even a sharp pain from the shoulder to the elbow?  That’s all part of normal aging, right? These are complaints that we commonly hear.  You may be surprised to learn that most often this is heard from people in their 40’s and 50’s.  This type of pain […]

Damaged Nerves and Backpacks

Can you believe it? School is right around the corner.  Each year millions of children walk to, from, and around school carrying backpacks filled with books and other materials. Parents, are you aware that your child’s heavy backpack could be damaging their nerves, muscles, and skeleton? The direct pressure of a heavy backpack alone, can […]

Why Keystone Chiropractic?

One of the most common questions we get is, “Why did you choose the name Keystone Chiropractic?” Our focus is on an area of Chiropractic called Neuro-Structural Correction, and we view the body as an amazing feat of engineering.  Every part has a specific function and proper place.  When everything is in the right place at […]