RECAP: Highland Hikes 2017

Another successful Highland Hikes event in the books folks! We had an awesome turnout – more than doubled our Highland Hikes 2016 – thank you all for coming out!  We conquered Table Rock again and it was a beautiful day to do it! The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the Highland Shades and Highland Hydration Bottles did not disappoint.

Highland Hikes is about getting outside, and getting some fun exercise with family and friends!  Don’t miss next year – check out the Highland Hikes Highlight Reel and pics below!

Christmas Miracles

There are a couple things that I was reminded of after my family and I took the journey out towards Idaho City on that snowy Friday last week. I had planned on having our entire office travel out to deliver the gifts, but with the snow storm hitting earlier that day, I decided it would be better for them to stay back home with their families. So I took my family, and off we went.

Now, I’d never been to this persons house before, so we just went with the directions we had hoping that we would end up where we needed to be.  Well, we traveled too far up into the mountains just before Idaho City. Finally after being told by Reagan (my wife)  a few times to stop and ask for help, I pulled up to a man who was plowing the roads and his driveway with his tractor. I asked where this specific house was, and he looked at our car (family mini van) and just laughed.

He said, “Do you have all-wheel-drive in this thing?!”  I said, “Of course not.” And he was surprised we had continued up the mountain for so long. He shook his head and laughed. He told us to go back down the mountain about 8 miles…yeah, I should have stopped earlier…but hey, I’m a guy and that’s how I do things sometimes.

So we get back down to where he told us to go, which is actually where we initially thought that we should be…of course.  I pulled in to an area where there were a bunch of mail boxes for the community and there was a guy putting chains on his truck tires…and here I am, rollin’ in a minivan like an idiot, with my entire family on board.

I asked him if he knew the specific address, and he pointed up the hill and said that he thought it was up there somewhere. Initially he said that he would follow us up the hill, but luckily then decided that he would take the trek up the hillside in his truck and scope it out for us. So he and his wife made their way up the hill…

OK – have you seen those Ford, Chevy or Dodge commercials where they drive the trucks in the craziest conditions just to show how awesome the trucks are? Yeah, that was him. He plowed through the snow, tires throwing up so much snow I felt like I was re-living one of those truck commercials….I should have filmed it. But after seeing that, I was thinking, “OK, there’s no way we’re getting up there in this van. We’re going to hike with all these presents up to the house and deliver this Christmas no matter what!”

He came back down and reported that he found the house, but that nobody was home.

Ok. So I had no cell service. I was only 72% sure that the address was completely accurate and wasn’t sure what to do.

So our new found friend, Jason, offered to help us no matter what. He and his wife wanted to make sure that everything was delivered. I decided that I had to call our contact to see when we could get these gifts inside and under the tree, so I jumped in Jason’s truck and went up the other side of the mountain to their house to use a land line to call and get everything arranged.


Jason works for Iron Horse Excavation in Boise and absolutely loves the company. He wanted me to make sure I got the Iron Horse decal in the picture…so for all those reading this who need some excavation work done – this is your man to go to!

This was a bit more involved than I care to even recount, but I had to call person A to get to person B to see if Giving Tree family was home, who then had to call back over to me…it was a crazy web of calls, just to figure out if we could get these delivered immediately or if I needed to dig a snow cave and stay the night.

It was all sorted out, and within 30 minutes we were back down the hill, loaded up all the gifts in Jason’s truck and up the hill we went!

Snow-braving crew delivering Christmas. We’re not sure how Santa does it, but this gave us a whole new appreciation for his magic!

Quincy (my youngest) looks thrilled, I know. But we got everything delivered and were so happy to be part of the whole thing to make this Christmas amazing for this family.

Though all of this I was reminded that:

Miracles Happen – even if they are just small miracles. Jason and his wife didn’t need to help us. They didn’t need to take take out of their lives to help us or this family, but they did. And I don’t think that it was “just by chance” that everything happened the way it did.

Giving is far better than receiving – all of us have so much. We take it for granted. Myself included. But I was reminded that the best thing that we can do in our lives is to give of ourselves, our time, and resources to help those who need help. 

I hope that all of you who helped donate this year know how truly truly grateful I am for you and your generosity in giving of your time, and your resources to help us this year.

From our tree to theirs.


Adjusting to Back to School

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Summer 2016 has come to a close, can you believe another summer is in the books? Now that summer is over it is time to get back into the swing of things.

Most of us are gearing up for school, busy schedules, homework, after school activities and the hectic pace of the non-stop lifestyles that come along with school.

Everything from contact sports, playing an instrument, sitting, studying, paying attention in class, carrying a backpack affects the spine and nervous system.  

Keeping your child’s spine and nervous system aligned and balanced is crucial for them to be able to enjoy a healthy and successful year. Posture and spinal alignment during childhood determines the function and health as an adult so it is important to ensure that they have a healthy spine while they are young.

Chiropractic care can keep your child’s spine and nervous system healthy and ensure the best school year yet. Get them scheduled for an appointment today!

Here’s to a healthy school year!


That’s a Wrap!

After many weeks of planning and preparation Mom’s Night Out 2016 is officially over. Our hope is that from here MNO will only grow. This event is a great opportunity for us to say thank you to all the women in our practice. With each event that we offer to our patients our goal is to add valuable experiences that make a difference in people’s lives. We hope that we accomplished that for all of the women in attendance last night.

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Mom’s Night Out would not have been possible without the amazing businesses that donated prizes for our raffle and gift bags. We were able to giveaway seventeen raffle prizes (HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?) and everyone went home with a gift bag full of goodies.

Brenda Nelson with Boutique De Fleur
Becky Miller with Crunchy Mom Life
Ashley Cates with Native Ally
Christen Schneider with Damsel in Defense
Matt Schneider with Forward Movement Training
Eagle Yoga House
Lulu Lemon
Lisa Johnson with Nerium International
Dutch Bros.
Scents – Jennie Buckner
Exhale Salon and Med Spa
Northwest Laser Institute
Shari Fernandez with Fitmania

We also want to thank A Lively Chef Catering and The Owhyee. We could not have asked for a better catering service and venue.

Thank you to everyone who joined us. We are looking forward to next year!

Relieving Headache and Migraine Pain Naturally

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If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, you know just how painful they can be. Often times the nerves in your neck become irritated and headaches/migraines can result. Chiropractic treatment can relieve and prevent the pain by gently adjusting the spine back to its normal position.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, avoid the things that cause your head pain. If sunlight is a trigger, make sure you wear a ball cap and polarized sunglasses. If you get tension headaches, make sure you get up frequently from the computer and have the screen and keyboard height set to minimize neck and upper back strain.

During summer, no one wants to spend three days a week in bed due to a headache or migraine. If the dark room treatment isn’t helping try getting back to activities that you enjoy. Get out of bed and enjoy a bike ride. It is not easy to motivate yourself when you are in pain but lying around doesn’t usually help.

We have seen first hand how helpful chiropractic care can be when it comes to relieving the pain. At Highland Chiropractic we improve the function of the spine so that you find relief from headaches and migraines. Call our office today and schedule an appointment. There is no use wasting a beautiful summer day suffering from a headache or migraine.

Recap: Highland Hikes 2016

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We hosted our first ever Highland Hikes event last Saturday and we are so pleased with the turn out! The group of people who joined us had such great energy and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. We came to conquer Table Rock and left with wonderful memories that will last forever. Our hope is that from here Highland Hikes will only grow. It truly is a great way to get outdoors and get moving. With each event that we offer to our patients our goal is to add valuable experiences that make a difference in people’s lives. We look forward to seeing you next year at Highland Hikes 2017. Be on the lookout for our next event!

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What Are the Benefits of Hiking?

Blog_HikeHighland Hikes is only a few short days away! Before we gear up to hike to Table Rock on the twenty-fifth of June we wanted to give you a brief overview of the physical and mental benefits that are associated with hiking.  

Increases fitness: Hiking works out the body just as much as it does the brain. Research has shown one hour of hiking can burn up to 500 calories, depending on the level of incline.

Prevents and controls diabetes: Hiking helps prevent and even control diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. Hiking gives the muscles a workout, which moves glucose from the bloodstream for energy.

Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol: Hiking on a regular basis decreases blood pressure and cholesterol, which then reduces the danger of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. In fact, hiking downhill is more effective at removing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance.

Increases creativity: The authors of a study point out that the results of spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills.  This may have something to do with unplugging from technology.

Social activity: Hiking with your friends and family will encourage you to engage with your workout lifestyle which will make you more likely to stick with it for the long haul.

Increases happiness: “Being out in nature, away from the business of our daily lives and technology, can allow people to connect with themselves and nature in a way that brings about peace and a sense of well-being,” Leigh Jackson-Magennis, REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach New England Market Manager.

Say goodbye to the treadmill and join us for a hike to Table Rock Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. To register, click HERE.

Highland Hikes Registration

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It’s already June 8th, can you believe it? Highland Hikes is only a few weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, click HERE.

Bring your family and friends, everyone is welcome! FREE gifts will be given away at the event.

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We look forward to seeing you June 25th!

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June is finally here! Which means it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. As the warmer weather approaches we wanted to take the opportunity to invite you to join us for a hike to Table Rock Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Bring your family and friends, everyone is welcome! FREE gifts will be given away at the event. You won’t want to miss it.

To register, click HERE.

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For all the latest on Highland Hikes, follow us on social media. Don’t forget to like and share the above photo.

We look forward to seeing you June 25th!

Misconceptions of Healthy Food Labels

Blog Graphic_May6Going to the grocery store can be an easy task when looking for healthy foods, right? All you have to look for are words such as all-natural, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, etc. However, relying on those terms alone can be misleading.

The term “health halo” refers to the perception that a food is healthy, whether it is or not. This perception is often times accomplished with clever marketing that focuses on covering the packaging with buzz words (organic, all-natural, gluten-free, non-GMO). While most of these foods are healthy some of them are not. They are processed junk food. Marketers use these words for a reason because research has shown that using a label that says organic on foods that are not truly organic can trick even the most educated shoppers into paying more. In fact research has shown that shoppers pay up to 23 percent more.

Instead of relying on labels and the buzz words that flood the packaging do the complete opposite. Try to fill the grocery cart with foods that do not contain labels. Don’t think the health claims are always correct, be hesitant. The health claims are truly only there to sell the product. One of the many positives of eating real food (fruits, vegetables, nuts.) is that you know what is in them. Remember, next time you are in the grocery store, “health halo.”