Exploring the Black Hills: Caving in Winter

Exploring the Black Hills: Caving in Winter

Want a new activity that the whole family can enjoy, even when it’s cold outside? Did you know that the Black Hills have several landmark cave systems? Caves are excellent places to explore any time of the year but during the winter caves are not plunged into cold like the rest of the outdoors!

Chiropractic Care and Sleep for Babies

Chiropractic Care and Sleep for Babies

You think you’re doing nothing while you sleep, but your body is actually resetting and reprogramming itself during this crucial time. You’re not only resting - you’re recovering from the experiences of the day before and preparing for the day ahead. Babies, in particular, need restful sleep because this is the time when their bodies are programming them for their entire lives.

Starting Something New: Places to go in the Black Hills

Starting Something New: Places to go in the Black Hills

For the next few months we’re going to talk about some of the hidden gems of the Black Hills and how to best enjoy them.  This month we’re talking about Rochford and Mystic!  They’re little villas in the heart of the Hills but they’re packed with beautiful scenery and great history. It’s also a great place to get outdoors for some exercise, even in the winter months.

Starting Something New: Family Time

Starting Something New: Family Time

Along with your personal (fitness) and professional (new jobs, updated resumes) resolutions, many people also use the start of the New Year as an opportunity to create new goals and plans for their families. Your kids are a year older and you are reminded just how precious your time with them is. The New Year is a great time to refocus on what matters most when it comes to quality time with your family as well as addressing any problems that may have begun manifesting.

Starting Something New: Fitness Goals

Starting Something New: Fitness Goals

Approximately 42% of you will set a New Year’s resolution. Most of those resolutions
involve weight loss and increased activity.
The gyms fill up every January, offering great promotions for new members. But most
people will give up on their fitness resolutions by February! Only about 37% of people in
their 20s and 30s will keep up their goals, but just 16% of those over the age of 50 will
continue.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression related to changes in the seasons. Most people with SAD begin to notice symptoms in the fall and those symptoms continue through the winter months. SAD often causes us to feel moody and may even deplete your energy levels.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Dr. Ashley Kauffman and Dr. Becky Bielstein are feeling very grateful this holiday season. Not only do we have the very best patients and the most wonderful Chiropractic practice, but we both welcomed new babies to our own families this fall!

Say hello to Owen Kauffman and Aria Bielstein! These two precious infants have blessed our lives already and we can’t wait to watch them grow. It’s especially joyful to have new lives at the holiday season. Dr. Ashley also has a 2 ½ year old (Tucker) and there’s nothing more exciting than watching a toddler tear through wrapping paper to open their gifts.

But, as your children grow older, we want to teach them that giving is just as valuable as receiving. Luckily there are many ways to encourage the act of charity and compassion during the holiday season. Let’s make this the season of giving!

Before you plan a big act of giving for your family, think small and focused rather than grand and global. Do you have a family member that is spending the season alone? Is there a neighbor or colleague that could use some holiday cheer? Sometimes the best way to make a difference in the world is to start with just one person within arm’s reach.

You can participate in a toy drive. Nominate a member of your parish for extra gift-giving. Clean a park or donate your time to a project close to your family’s hearts. One great way to serve our community is by feeding those in need. The Cornerstone Mission’s kitchen, located at 30 Main Street in the East of Fifth neighborhood of Rapid City, serves meals three times a day, 365 days of the year. They also recently remodeled their kitchen. The Cornerstone connects with dozens of churches in our area and you can be assured that your time preparing and serving meals will be most appreciated. For more information on the Cornerstone and their volunteer program, please click here.

There are many ways to give this holiday season. Please contact the Hope Center for more resources on serving your community and sharing the experience with your family.

In addition to setting the example of generosity for your children, this is also a time for celebration. The key to teaching young children to give whole-heartedly is helping them understand that they are receiving as well. Create a wonderful reward for your family to thank them for their generosity, like taking them to the Black Hills Christmas Village.

Or give the ultimate gift to your children of time. Spend a long weekend with them, enjoying the beautiful Black Hills. Enjoy the best of nature while spending an outing with your kids. Make a memory that will last forever.

Thank you to all of you – our patients, neighbors, family and friends – for celebrating the joy of this holiday season. The Rushmore Family Chiropractic family has grown even bigger this year, and even more thankful!

Chiropractic and the Immune System

Chiropractic and the Immune System

Your immune system fights against infectious organisms, preventing them from entering the body. The immune system is comprised of proteins, organs, tissues and white blood cells which work together to fight disease. The immune system communicates with your central nervous system to help the body heal, but spinal misalignments can stress the body and lower the immune responses.