Every year, millions of Americans make resolutions for self-improvement. It is likely that many of those who made resolutions this year set fitness and diet goals, or they wanted to improve their overall health and wellness.

We are almost halfway through the year, so we want to check in with you to see how your goals and resolutions are doing. We see it as a time to think about the people we want to be, and set goals toward that end.

Unfortunately, four out of five people do not achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Those that resolve to get outside more, exercise more often, and eat better may find that ongoing pain and discomfort hinder them from achieving their goals.

As you make your plans to become a better version of yourself this year, it may be time to consider making your chiropractor part of your plan to reach new heights.

In this article, we are providing a simple guide for when to see the chiropractor, and when to skip the visit.

Spring is in full swing here in the mountains. That means the hills and valleys come alive with vibrant colors and new life. The weather gets warmer, and Asheville area residents get to spend more time outdoors. Millions of tourists will visit our area during the season to explore the many hiking and mountain biking trails. Restaurants will be able to utilize outdoor seating. Generally, you cannot keep us indoors for the next nine months.

There is one downside to spring in western North Carolina: it is the season for excessive amounts of pollen. When the strong winds blow in behind cold fronts, they leave behind a yellowish-green dust cloud hanging over the French Broad River Valley. With so much pollen, allergies are inevitable. 

For some people, suffering from allergies makes spring lose some of its appeal. It becomes a season of runny noses, sneezing, itchy eyes, and sinus problems. One thing many do not realize is that chiropractic care is not just for people with back pain. It is a system by which your overall health and wellness are taken into account. This includes allergies. 

Many Americans who can do their jobs remotely made a transition to working from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, many people who do not have an ideal office setup with ergonomic chairs, keyboards, or computer conditions may experience new body aches. 

Most residential settings don’t have the space to accommodate today’s ergonomic office furniture. So if you are working from your home, it’s likely that you are using your computer on a regular table, countertop, or you are in a lounge chair or on your bed. 

Winter has been long and cold here in western North Carolina. While many enjoyed starting the season with the first White Christmas in a decade, by now, people in Asheville are ready for spring. We want to get out and explore the mountains, find a waterfall and swimming hole, shred some trails on a mountain bike, or float down the river. 

This winter has been especially trying for those still working from home while facilitating remote learning. Adults and children who are used to their office or classroom setups have been working at dinner tables and makeshift desks for upwards of a year. Screen time doubled for children throughout the pandemic. Parents are stuck at laptops and screens more as well, with meetings often done exclusively through video conferencing. 

What does being stuck inside staring at screens mean for your body? If your posture is not impeccable, you could be dealing with neck and back issues. If you already had subluxations related to posture, you could be exasperating existing issues. Dr. Monitto has many years of experience correcting posture and spinal issues with a variety of methods, including Y-Strap decompression.

Does Cold Weather Make My Joints Hurt?

It’s that time of year again when the temperatures drop, and the weather is unpredictable. For most, cold, wet weather outside affects their arthritis, past injuries, and joint pain. Different scientific studies jumped on the case to study the different factors involved in the correlation between cold weather and arthritis pain. Many people believe that the weather changes do affect the level of pain they experience. This article is a follow-up to one we posted last year