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.


Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Many changes occur to the body during pregnancy including: protruding abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes, postural adaptations, etc. There are four stages (pregnancy, labor, following delivery, pediatric care) in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child. This can be achieved through chiropractic care.

Changes such as protruding abdomen and increased back curve can cause alterations in spinal alignment and nerve function. Regular chiropractic visits will reduce and minimize the pain associated with the alterations of the body.

If you were to try to put a circle through an oval you would undoubtedly have trouble doing so, just as a baby’s head would have increased difficulty fitting through an altered pelvis. Chiropractic allows proper spinal and pelvis alignment in order to improve your labor and delivery experience.

Following Delivery
Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side. Relax, and come see us.  We use a special approach to make our adjustments safe and comfortable.

Pediatric Care
The most common conditions that we treat are colic, ear infections, torticollis, constipation or diarrhea and nursing difficulty.

Before, during and after pregnancy you can avoid the need for medication, reduce low back pain and make carrying a baby a more pleasing experience. We can help! Come see us.

To view Callie’s experience during pregnancy, click the video below.  

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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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Let's be Social

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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!

Detox: is it even safe? {FREE Neurotoxicity Screening Test Below}

Chiropractor In Meridian - detoxHealth is something that everybody talks about, protects or wants to restore, and a common buzz word in our search for finding increased vitality is DETOX.  (Access your FREE Neurotoxicity Screening Test Here)

The most common reasons I have seen people start a detox program (including myself) are:

  • “Thyroid issues”
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Brain fog/short term memory loss (this one was what got me started)
  • Allergies
  • Unexplained chronic fatigue
  • Wanting to increase overall health and vitality

This is not a comprehensive list at all. Maybe your purpose is different. When it comes to helping these issues with a detox, finding a safe detox requires you to do some serious research.

(I’m a nerd. I’ve done that research for you! But here are some common questions to consider.)

Are detox programs safe?

To this I answer, unequivocally yes…IF it is done properly.  There are more programs out there than I can even imagine, but for those I have researched and seen, the biggest fault I’ve seen in most programs is this: they don’t adequately PREPARE the body to handle the toxins that will be released into the system.  This ends up causing the toxins to be reabsorbed into the body.  Properly preparing the body for detox will allow adequate, and hopefully complete elimination of toxins affecting your ability to sleep, feel rested, and get your health back.

How do I decide what detox program I should do?

Besides the obvious considerations like ingredients, duration, and value, the biggest key in knowing what program to do is first knowing your purpose in doing a detox. On top of that, if you’re like me then you want to hear what kind of success others might have had on the program. What I love doing is helping individuals find what they are looking for.

How do I know if I should detox or not?

There are three specific tests that we run to evaluate the necessity of a deep cellular detox. One of those essential tests is called the Neurotoxicity Screening Test. I have made this test available for you to take right now by clicking here -> Neurotoxicity Screening Test.  It will only take you a few minutes and is well worth your time!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.



Mark your Calendars

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We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting an event for all of the women in our practice, Thursday, August 25th at 6 p.m. at The Owyhee. Mark your calendars and prepare for a lovely night full of delicious food and awesome gifts. The only requirement is to bring your friend(s). The more the merrier. To register click HERE. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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How to Wake Up Pain Free

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Do you experience neck or back pain when you wake up? If you do, it’s time to revamp your sleeping habits. Here’s how to position yourself for a better night’s sleep.

The best posture for avoiding soreness and waking up refreshed is lying on your side. The worst position is sleeping on your stomach. Turning your head to the side and twisting your neck can lead to long term dysfunction.

To get even more comfy on your side, grab a body pillow. Pull it to your chest and hug the cushion so that your upper arm and leg wrap over the top. This stops you from partially rolling over and twisting your lower back.

It is key to properly align the pillow under your ear. Go for a soft cushion that keeps your neck straight. Schedule your appointment today and we can get you matched with the proper pillow that will have you waking up saying “ahh” not “ouch.”

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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