Having a sore back is no picnic. Whether you’re getting ready to run a marathon or simply get up off of your sofa, back pain can put a serious damper on your daily routine.
Given the complex and interconnected nature of the human spine, there are countless ways to incur back pain. Bad posture, lifting a heavy object incorrectly, twisting your body in an awkward manner—all of these can lead to a sore back for you.
Facet joints, spinal nerves, segmental muscles and intervertebral discs are among the many back components that can lead to dorsal pain if tweaked or injured in any way. Likewise, several types of back pain exist—some more severe than others.
Being able to recognize the type of back pain you’re experiencing can be helpful in finding the root of the issue as well as aid in determining a potential treatment. Here are some examples of the types of back pain you might encounter:
Referred pain. Typically dull in nature, referred pain often changes location and can also vary in intensity. If you’re experiencing lower back pain due to a degenerative disc, for example, you can sometimes feel referred pain in your hips and the back of your thighs.
Radicular pain. This pain is more pronounced and shock-like in nature as it follows the path of your spinal nerve along the spinal canal. Typically caused by inflammation or compression of a nerve root, radicular pain can sometimes affect your legs as well.
Axial pain. This type of pain is typically limited to a single area on your back. It can be dull or sharp in nature and also inconsistent in terms of its duration and level of intensity. Muscle strains are the most common cause of axial back pain, with disc or joint tears also being potential reasons for it.
If you’re experiencing any type of back pain whatsoever and would like to learn more about how chiropractic treatment can help alleviate your discomfort, be sure to give us a call at 720-445-5228 or click HERE to schedule an appointment with one of our wellness experts.
In the hectic, fast-paced world we live in, it can sometimes be tough to take the time we need to make sure our bodies are in good working order and receiving the proper amount of TLC they need. Just like your car needs an oil change every now and then to stay in tiptop shape, your body needs to be tended to regularly and given an infusion of essential nutrients once in a while.
IV infusion therapy is a great way to take care of several of your body’s needs in a convenient, quick manner as it delivers nutrients and vitamins directly into your bloodstream. When you take a vitamin orally, your digestive system metabolizes some of its elements and reduces its overall effectiveness. IV infusion therapy allows you to bypass the digestive process entirely and ensure that your organs are receiving the nutrients they need.
Here are some additional benefits of IV infusion therapy to consider:
Up here in the high altitude of Colorado, dehydration is a common occurrence. IV infusion therapy has been proven to be the best way to properly hydrate your body and promote optimal organ functionality. Dehydration can lead to serious medical issues such as kidney stones and muscle tissue damage, so staying properly hydrated should definitely be on your priority list.
INCREASED ENERGY & IMMUNITY
We could all use a boost of natural energy occasionally, and IV infusion therapy is a great way to achieve that with premium-quality compounds. Additionally, your immune system can benefit from IV infusion therapy, as can your circulatory system. Electrolytes such as magnesium sulfate help lower your blood pressure and alleviate feelings of stress or anxiety while essential nutrients such as Vitamin C protect your immune system and overall health by neutralizing toxins before they’re able to damage cells.
FEEL BETTER, LOOK BETTER!
Every time you step outside, you’re exposed to potentially harmful toxins in the environment that can be of detriment to your health as well as your appearance. IV infusion therapy helps provide your body with the antioxidants it needs to flush out these harmful toxins more effectively as well as fight off premature signs of aging.
In addition to these notable benefits, IV infusion therapy can also help improve your skin, reduce migraine headaches and even promote weight loss! To learn more about the benefits of IV infusion therapy, be sure to give us a call at 720-445-5228 or click HERE to schedule an appointment with one of our wellness experts.
7 Steps to Take Before Bed for Healthier, More Youthful Skin
Great skin takes a little work. Last month we took a look at the best morning skincare routine and this month, we are taking a look at the best nighttime skincare routine to help you have the best skin! Your skin needs different things throughout the day. In the morning you should protect your skin from the damage it receives all day long and at night, it’s time to pamper it after everything it went through!
Here are the steps you should take at night for glowing, healthy skin.
1 | Cleanse
Taking the day off by cleansing should always be your first step. We recommend a cleanser that will help take off your makeup, like a cleansing oil. If you want to go the extra mile, try “double cleansing” by using a water-based face wash after the oil cleanser to clean away any dirt and oil out of your pores.
2 | Tone
This step is the same as the morning routine and also optional. Toner can help balance your skin’s pH. If you have acne-prone skin, make sure to choose a toner that is specifically formulated for acne. If you have dry or sensitive skin, opt for a hydrating toner. Apply your toner the same as you did in the morning.
3 | Serums and Treatments
Next apply any serums and treatments. A great one to use at night is an alpha hydroxy acid to help brighten the skin and slough off dead skin cells. It also helps to build your collagen for more youthful-looking, radiant skin. Nighttime is also the best time to apply retinol. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that helps decrease visible wrinkles, bright spots and pore size. You can start using retinol in your early 20s; however, the most important age to use it is in your 40s and 50s. If you are treating hyperpigmentation, alternate between a retinoid and the spot-fading active ingredient hydroquinone.
4 | Eye Cream
The delicate skin around our eyes needs special attention. Before you get to the eye cream, nighttime is also a good time to start training that delicate skin to handle more active ingredients, like retinol. Pat a small bit of your serum or treatment around your eye area then follow up with your favorite eye cream for an extra dose of moisture to that area.
5 | Acne Spot Treatment
If you have a pimple that you’d like to see disappear sooner rather than later, nighttime is the perfect time to spot treat acne. Use a spot treatment to help them clear out. But remember, it’s better to be preventative in your skincare routine. Keeping up with regular cleansing can help you avoid breakouts.
6 | Moisturize
The next-to-final step is to moisturize to seal in active ingredients and hydration. This will help you wake up with glowing, plump skin. Night creams can be a little heavier than day creams, providing an extra dose of moisture. Just be sure to choose one that is right for your skincare needs.
7 | Face Oil
Finally, put a double lock on that moisture with a face oil. Face oils are great for everyone, including those with oily or acne-prone skin. These oils can help hydrate and soften the skin, helping stave off dryness and the overproduction of natural oils that cause pimples. A face oil is also great if you are using a retinol, which can be drying.
Work with A Skincare Expert
At US Wellness Collective, we understand that everyone has unique skin care needs. We are here to help you find the right products and routines for you with our skincare consultation. We offer expert advice as well as great products to help you meet your skincare goals. We also offer specialized services including our Face Reality Acne Lab that can help you get stubborn acne under control. We also recommend getting one of our facials monthly to help reap the benefits of monthly natural skin renewal.
To get started on your best skin yet, book your skincare consultation or facial today!
4 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Look and Feel Good!
The new year is just around the corner and we know you are probably already thinking about what your New Year’s resolution will be. Health and wellness are important and many choose resolutions to help them meet their health and wellness goals. Here are a few New Year’s resolution ideas to help you work toward a healthier you in the new year!
I Resolve to Lose Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is key to living a healthy life! There is no one-size-fits-all solution to weight loss. In fact, we firmly believe that it takes a holistic approach to shed unwanted pounds. Here are some things you can do to meet your weight loss resolution goals:
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Cut back on sugar and alcohol as these contain tons of empty calories
- Find an exercise program that works for you
- Utilize nutrition/health management services to find the right options to help you lose weight
- Try a Weight Loss IV (packed full of nutrients that kick start your metabolism)
- Lipo B IM Injections (a supplement used to help reduce excessive fats from specific areas of the body)
- Cryoskin Fat Treatments (uses cold temps to freeze off fat cells and is safer than liposuction)
- Zyto (an FDA approved biometric system that helps determine the best wellness options for each unique individual)
At US Wellness Collective, we offer comprehensive, holistic health and wellness services for weight loss. Our on-staff nurse and trained staff can help you reach your weight loss goals for the new year with many of the options listed above. Book a consultation today to start living your best life!
I Resolve to Feel Better About Myself
Weight loss isn’t the only way to feel better about the body you are in. We understand that looking good means feeling good! If you are nearly at your weight goal, but you are dealing with stubborn fat that just won’t seem to go away with diet and exercise, resolve to blast that fat away with Cryoskin! Cryotoning can help reduce stubborn fat pockets and cellulite. It can even help reduce the look of wrinkles, giving you more youthful, glowing skin!
If you desire more youthful looking skin, resolve to treat yourself to some Cryoskin Facials. These facials are a safe and effective treatment and like other Cryo treatments it has revolutionized the way we look at plastic surgery. You don’t have to go under the knife to get rid of wrinkles and saggy skin!
At US Wellness Collective, we offer a full suite of Cryoskin services, including Cryo Fat, Cryo Toning and Cryo Facials, to help you blast away stubborn fat, reduce cellulite and wrinkles, and get that glowing, youthful skin you want! We also offer other Medical Aesthetic Treatments such as injectables and dermal fillers. To learn if Cryoskin is right for you, or to book an appointment, contact us today.
I Resolve to Clear Up My Skin
Acne is a normal part of life and can happen at any age. But you don’t have to live with it! When we look good, we feel good and getting your acne under control is life changing! Proper morning and night skincare routines plus facials and treatments can help you zap unsightly blemishes.
At US Wellness Collective, we have many services to help you get that radiant, clear, and youthful skin you want! Our Face Reality Acne Lab can help you detoxify your system and clear your skin in just a few short months. Combine that with one of our facials monthly and you can reap the full benefits of natural skin renewal. Start your journey to better skin today by scheduling a consultation with us!
I Resolve to Manage My Pain Better
Did you know that over 50 million adults in the U.S. live with chronic pain? Getting your chronic pain under control can be a long and arduous process. It often involves multiple types of treatment, from medications to holistic treatments. Here are some ways you can help to better manage your chronic pain:
- Work proactively with your doctor or specialist to monitor your pain and identify triggers
- Speak with your doctor about medications, and take your prescriptions properly
- Get a massage
- Try a Myer’s Cocktail IV (packed full of nutrients that help fight inflammation and boost your immune system)
At US Wellness Collective, we offer homeopathic and holistic options you can use alongside traditional methods to help better manage your chronic pain. Our Hydration and Immunity Bar blends nutrition and medicine into an IV hydration treatment, administered by our on-site nurse! We recommend our Immunity IV or Myer’s Cocktail. Our massage therapy services are 100% customized to meet your pain management needs. We offer plenty of different massage types so be sure to inquire which is best for your needs by contacting us today to schedule your appointment!
How Cryoskin Facials Work and the Benefits
Elsa may be the ice queen and her skin certainly is radiant! If Elsa were a real life princess dealing with cold temps outside and warmer temps inside, it would sort of be like getting a Cryoskin facial–almost!
Day in and day out, your skin goes through a lot. Dirt, pollution, harsh weather, UV rays and more can all damage your skin. Not to mention that as we age, our skin begins to lose volume due to a loss in collagen, which creates fine lines and wrinkles.
A Cryoskin facial is one of our favorite ways to help the skin recover and look more youthful and radiant! But does it really work? Just search the internet for a Cryoskin before and after and you’ll see that Cryoskin therapies are truly effective! Let’s dive into this cool form of facials today.
What is a Cryoskin Facial?
Cryoskin is a form of therapy that uses very cold temperatures to treat areas of your body and face. During a facial, these cold temps are applied directly to the face and are alternated with warmer temps. This helps to widen blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area. By increasing oxygen-rich blood, you boost collagen production. Collagen is what gives our skin a youthful appearance, increasing elasticity and decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. It is also a quick and natural way to improve skin appearance and can give you that healthy glow!
Are Cryoskin Facials Safe?
Yes! A trained professional can help you feel comfortable while they expertly use the machine that delivers the cold temps. It is a revolutionary procedure and is a much safer alternative to plastic surgery because it is non-invasive. Cryoskin is also very popular and convenient. It is a relatively fast procedure (around 30 minutes) and there is pretty much no down time. You may experience some redness of the treated skin after the procedure.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Cryoskin Facials?
Pretty much anyone who wants to look younger and have healthier skin! It is a non-invasive procedure and unlike other facials, such as microdermabrasion, it will not leave your skin raw.
The Benefits of Cryoskin Facials
There are many benefits to Cryoskin that make it a great option for people who want healthier or more youthful looking skin.
- Boosts Collagen Production: Cryoskin stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin healthy, supple and more youthful looking. Collagen also helps replace dead skin cells for a more radiant look.
- Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Collagen production naturally drops as we age, leaving our skin looking dull and more wrinkled. Cryoskin increases the body’s natural collagen production, which will smooth out your fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improves Circulation: Using both cold and heat in the treatment helps to increase blood circulation to the treated area. This brings more oxygen to the area, giving you a radiant and healthy glow!
- Improves Skin Appearance and Texture: Cryoskin can be used to treat the appearance and texture of the skin, including pore size, acne, pigmentation and even puffiness. The increased collagen production removes dead skin cells and stimulates the production of new ones that grow in a more even manner, helping improve skin appearance. Increased collagen also helps to reduce pore size, helping prevent acne caused by large pores that allow in lots of dirt.
Ready to Look and Feel Better?
At the US Wellness Collective we understand that looking good helps us feel good! Our Cryoskin facials are administered by a trained professional who can help you meet your skincare goals. Want to find out if a Cryoskin facial is right for you? Book a skincare consultation with us today!
Kick Chronic Pain to the Curb with Massage Therapy
Massage therapy isn’t just an indulgence! It is really about your health. That is why so many people use massage therapy to help with chronic pain, including neck stiffness and back pain.
Did you know that chronic pain impacts 50 million U.S. adults?! Back and neck pain, as well as many other types of chronic pain, can disrupt our daily lives and affect our performance and ability to focus.
So how can massage therapy help with chronic pain, specifically neck and back pain? Let’s take a look!
One study took a look at 25 previously published studies and found that massage therapy was better at reducing sub-acute and chronic back pain (but not acute back pain) and improving function in the short term compared to an inactive treatment. Compared to other treatments thought to be beneficial, massage therapy was found to be better for pain in the short and long term.
Another review examined previously published trials on massage for acute or chronic low back pain. In eight of the nine trials, massage was more effective than other interventions, such as exercise, relaxation therapy, acupuncture and other treatments.
Types of Massage for Back or Neck Pain
There are three effective types of massage therapy for neck and back pain. No matter which treatment you choose, we recommend getting regular massages to get the most benefit from this therapy.
Swedish Massage: The first is Swedish massage, sometimes known simply as massage therapy. This therapy uses long, smooth strokes along with oil or lotion. It is one of the most common types of massage in the U.S. and most people who have never had a massage start here.
Deep Tissue Massage: This type of massage therapy targets the deeper layer of muscles and connective tissue. It is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, posture problems and repetitive strain. It is worth noting that there may be some level of discomfort during a deep tissue massage. It should not be painful, however, you may feel a little sore after the massage due to the nature of working deeper muscles.
Shiatsu: This is a form of Japanese bodywork. If you prefer to remain fully clothed during a massage, this may be the right treatment for you as clothing is typically worn during a treatment. During a shiatsu massage, the therapist applies localized finger pressure to points on the body. Because the pressure is localized, it will feel deep.
Start Feeling Better Today!
We are known for our healing massage therapy! We understand that no two individuals are alike and that is why we offer 100% customized massages to fit your specific goals and needs. We offer 30, 60, 90 and 120 minute sessions. We also offer a variety of massage techniques. If you aren’t sure what type of massage is right for you, give us a call today at 720-445-5228.