Entries by Keystone Chiropractic

Keeping Health Simple During These Trying Times

Optimizing Immune System Function to Help Block the Coronavirus Keeping health simple during these trying times can seem, well, not so simple. If you spend any time watching the news, reading the paper, or scrolling social media, it’s coronavirus this, COVID-19 that. And, who’s information is reliable? We’re expected to sort through that, too? Over […]

Top Exercises Everyone Should Consider

At Keystone Chiropractic, we strive to help you achieve the best results possible. Part of that includes providing exercises which aid in, or complement, the corrective process. Below are the Top 4 exercises that nearly everyone should consider doing. Planks/Dead Bugs In general, we can all use a bit of work with our core strength. […]

Boost Your Run with Structural Chiropractic

Looking to Boost Your Run or recover from a running injury? Structural Chiropractic should be part of the solution. Boost your run with help from the Preferred Partners mentioned in this video. Follow the links below to check out their businesses. Heartland Soles Fleet Feet Expedition Wellness

The NeuroStructural Process

The NeuroStructural Process outlines the operations of Keystone Chiropractic. In our office, we take time to understand your concerns and share with you what you can expect. Following a comprehensive, objective examination, we are able to detail the need for corrective care and develop a personalized recommendation. Check out Our Process to read more!

RECHARGE Your Mental and Emotional Health

RECHARGE your mental and emotional health, is the next of the 4 KEY requirements in our Health Made Simple series. Previously, we’ve discussed EAT and MOVE for your body’s design. If you’re looking for an overview of Health Made Simple, check out our recent BlogCast! Go, Go, Go Seemingly, that’s all we do. Whether it’s […]

Move for Your Body’s Design

Move for your body’s design is a continuation of Health Made Simple, discussed in previous entries. Is it your goal to move or exercise more in the New Year? It can be a confusing and complicated journey with new and conflicting advice coming out everywhere you turn. First, let’s think about your health in simple […]

Eat for Your Body’s Design

Eat for your body’s design is a continuation of Health Made Simple, described in a previous blog. Below is a quick review before discussing how to properly fuel your body. Is a health goal like eating better or cleaning up your diet on your radar this year? It can be a confusing and complicated journey […]

Health Made Simple – A BlogCast

Health Made Simple is a BlogCast from Keystone Chiropractic. It’s designed to make the seemingly complicated goals around health, simple. Health Made Simple is available in written form as well. Check out each individual requirement for more details. You can find links to those articles below. Eat for Your Body’s Design Move for Your Body’s […]

How to Keep Your Health Goals Simple This Year

Keep your Health Goals Simple this year. It can be a confusing and complicated journey with new and conflicting advice coming out everywhere you turn. Let’s think about your health in simple terms and ask… What key things does the body require to be healthy? 1. Movement: The body requires much more and different types of movement than are […]

What to Do About Sciatica?

Are you tired of dealing with that annoying (sometimes brutal) low back pain that can send numbness and tingling into your legs? Are you tired of not being able to sleep, stand, sit, play with your kids, or go to work…or do anything because it feels like you have a knife stabbing you in the […]

Embracing Stress: A Change in Perception

Phew, we made it through May, known by some as “May-cember”. The end of the school year can bring just as much if not more stress than the holidays. When talking about stress, know that our bodies are built to handle it. In fact, we need a certain amount of stress to grow and function properly. […]

“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 child,  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 […]

Proper Footwear and Your Structure

As part of a complete program of care, there are certain recommendations, including footwear, that we make to help you achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.  Footwear can be an important and overlooked solution to improving your spinal alignment and avoiding repetitive stress on your structure.  Here are some things to keep in mind: […]

Stop Sniffling with Allergy Problems

Take a moment to learn about Allergies and how 4 key ways that Structural Chiropractic may help! Spring and allergy problems are (finally) here in Des Moines. This time of year many people stock up on antihistamines and other medications to help them endure the onslaught of allergy symptoms: sneezing, itching, watery eyes and stuffy noses. […]

Mobility Tools We Often Recommend

Foam rollers, tennis balls, lacrosse balls, and trigger point hooks can all be great mobility tools we often recommend in conjunction with your structural corrective care. Sometimes, they go together like peanut butter and jelly! As a structurally focused chiropractor, we’re focused on the orientation of the spine & how it impacts the body. It’s […]

Overcoming a Whiplash Injury

Have you had a Whiplash Injury? Are you dealing with neck pain, headaches, numbness & tingling or other issues years later? Learn how Structural Chiropractic might help! If you read almost any research that has ever been done on whiplash injuries, it is almost impossible to not find related health issues following the accident. It […]

DIY Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Spray

Hand sanitizer. It sounds like a great alternative to washing your hands with soap and water. It’s quick, portable, and convenient, especially when you don’t have running water nearby. It’s important to be cautious of ingredients because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration  ruled in 2016 that manufacturers should stop using triclosan, a common ingredient in […]


We often receive this question from many of our patients about whether they should use ice or heat and when they should do so. RULE OF THUMB: Heat is for muscles, Ice is for Injuries Heat What It Does Heat promotes muscle relaxation and can increase range of motion. It opens blood vessels to increase […]

Arm Numbness: Thoracic Outlet and Carpal Tunnel Syndromes

Arm numbness and hand tingling are common conditions which our patients report. Could you be dealing with Thoracic outlet or Carpal Tunnel syndrome? Watch the video below and download our Health Issue to learn more and how NeuroStructural Chiropractic may be able to help. DOWNLOAD OUR CARPAL TUNNEL HEALTH ISSUE HERE.

What’s the Popping Sound?

What’s the cracking or popping sound when I receive an adjustment? This is a question we get sometimes, especially from new patients that have never been adjusted before but have heard from a friend or relative that they go to the chiropractor to “get cracked”. Thankfully, it turns out that nothing is actually cracking during an […]

Symptoms – Looking Below the Surface

Remember the iceberg that sunk the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic? It turns out that icebergs can be an excellent analogy to explain your health.  The TIP of the iceberg is symbolic of symptoms or pain, such as: Back & Neck pain Sciatica Headaches & Migraines Fatigue Muscular tension Numbness & tingling By the time obvious symptoms rise to […]

Exercises to avoid with low back issues

Many people visit our office due to low back issues (sciatica, low back, hip or buttock pain) wondering what exercises to avoid. As our current patients know, our job is to identify and correct any structural abnormalities in the spine, over a period of time, to reduce obstruction on the nervous system. This allows the […]

Chiropractic and Ear Infections

Acute otitis media (AOM), is the most common form of childhood ear infections. In fact, 80 percent of children have at least one ear infection before their 3rd birthday. 40 percent will have six or more before age 7. It accounts for nearly 30 million primary care visits at a cost of $5 billion per […]

Vitamin D is for (Immune) Defense

Fall is underway and winter will be here before you know it in Des Moines (I know!). You may notice more people around you getting sick and missing work or time with family and friends. Have you every wondered, “why are some people sick all of the time and others rarely sick at all?” The […]

5 to Thrive

End the Year Strong with Optimal Health We’ve entered the home stretch for the year and many people often have trouble making healthy decisions for optimal health. There are pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving food, and holiday parties. It’s cold outside making it easier to curl up on couch with a blanket instead of […]

Supplements We Recommend and Why

Have you ever wondered what supplements we recommend? Chances are, you’re reading this post because you are concerned about your health, would like to live a healthy life, and are open to supplementation. If you’ve ever entered a specialty grocery store and walked past the vitamin section, it can be difficult to know which ones […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]