Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chiropractor, Chiropractic, Bozeman, Belgrade, MT - Change Unhealthy Habits

Change Unhealthy Habits
Changing habits is like starting a new job, the first couple of weeks are stressful and disorienting, but if you just hang in there, you will feel at home before you know it.
There are three things that have to happen to successfully change a habit. The first is that you must make the decision to change. When you make a decision, you are affirming to yourself that you are willing to go to any lengths to make your wishes come true. This means that you will need to completely eliminate the word “try” from your vocabulary. When you say “I’ll try to do my exercises,” you are leaving an open door to not doing them. Then in your mind, if you don’t do your exercises, that’s okay because you only said you would ”try” to do them. If you want to successfully change your habits to live a healthier life, you cannot leave an open door to your old habits. You need to just do it, just make a decision and not look back.
The second thing is to act “as if.” Whenever you change what you are doing, it will feel unnatural. It may feel like you are doing something wrong, funny, or something that is just not you. In a way you are right. When you change a habit, you are by definition acting in a way that is ‘just not you.’ But in a very short time, it will feel normal and it will seem strange that you ever acted any different. Changing habits is like starting a new job, the first couple of weeks are stressful and disorienting, but if you just hang in there, you will feel at home before you know it.
The third is to work on yourself every day. The highest demonstration of a healthy and growing self-image and self-esteem is the commitment to work on yourself each and every day. You experience an elevated consciousness when you realize your power to step up to your greatness or default to your weakness with every challenge, distraction and decision. Working on yourself with consistency and persistence connects you to your inner wisdom and inner strength to become unstoppable.

Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm DC CCEP
Belgrade Chiropractor |Bozeman Chiropractor |Pro Chiropractic | 59715 59714 59718 |(406) 388-9915

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lowering the Risk Factors of Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease, Bozeman, Belgrade, Montana, Chiropractor

Lowering the Risk Factors of Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Lowering the Risk Factors

We're in the middle of several deadly epidemics in the United States. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are affecting more and more people every year. Recent statistics show that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Thirty percent of American children are obese. Approximately 21 million Americans have diabetes. One child out of every 500 has type I diabetes. In America, 72 million adults have high blood pressure. These are shocking statistics, considering that U.S. health care expenditures totaled $2 trillion in 2006. That's 2 TRILLION dollars.

As Americans, we're getting less healthy by the day. The good news is there are many things we can do about these trends. There is real action that every American, young and old, can take to support and protect their health and well-being. These action steps all focus on lifestyle - the choices we make each and every day.

The first step is an honest self-assessment. When was the last time I exercised? Does my clothes size increase every couple of years? How many times during the week do I eat fast food? When was the last time I ate an apple instead of half a box of cookies?

Regardless of the answers, it is possible to become healthy and fit again, whatever your current circumstances. You CAN lose 10 or 20 or 30 or however many pounds. You CAN climb stairs without getting out of breath. You CAN regain the youthful glow of vitality. You CAN be vigorous and proud of your body, rather than worrying about what's going to be the next thing to break down.

Healthy eating and regular exercise are essential parts of the solution to combating obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.1,2 These practices have the magical effect of resetting your metabolic clock - your body shifts from a pattern of storing fat to a pattern of burning fat.3 Over time, with a nutritious food plan and consistent exercise, you even burn fat while you're resting! Your body is very smart. You just have to treat it right.

Your chiropractor is a wonderful asset - both as a health care practitioner and as a guide - on your journey toward fitness and wellness. Your chiropractor has extensive resources available on practical nutrition and how to design a supportive food plan. He or she has deep knowledge regarding the types of exercises and activities that will be right for you. You and your chiropractor can design an exercise program that will be both fun and rewarding. Working together, you'll be maximizing your health and vitality. You will begin to fulfill a way of living that will support you in being healthy and well for years to come.

1Lindstrom J, et al: Sustained reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes by lifestyle intervention: follow-up of the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study. Lancet 368(9548):1673-1679, 2006.
2Orchard TJ, et al: The effect of metformin and intensive lifestyle intervention on the metabolic syndrome: the Diabetes Prevention Program randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 142(8):611-619, 2005
3Yannakoulia M, et al: A dietary pattern characterized by high consumption of whole-grain cereals and low-fat dairy products and low consumption of refined cereals is positively associated with plasma adiponectin levels in healthy women. Metabolism 57(6):824-830, 2008

Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm DC CCEP
Belgrade Chiropractor |Bozeman Chiropractor |Pro Chiropractic | 59715 59714 59718 |(406) 388-9915

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm DC CCEP
Belgrade Chiropractor |Bozeman Chiropractor |Pro Chiropractic | 59715 59714 59718 |(406) 388-9915

Dr. Wilhelm offers ComfortFit Orthotics from his Belgrade, Montana office. ComfortFit Orthotics are made from cast impressions performed in our office which provides your own custom orthotics. Custom foot orthotics are different from store bought insoles because they are made to match your individual foot to provide more walking efficiency and less pain associated with shin splints, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, heel pain, heel spurs, bunions, corns and calluses, knee pain, leg fatigue and lower back pain. Coming in many different styles, custom orthotics can fit multiple styles of shoes used for various activities.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Healthy Kids Are Smart Kids

Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm DC CCEP
Belgrade Chiropractor |Bozeman Chiropractor |Pro Chiropractic | 59715 59714 59718 |(406) 388-9915

Healthy Kids Are Smart Kids

American kids are under tremendous pressure to perform well in school. Every year they're required to take more and more standardized tests, and every year they fall further behind children around the world, particularly in science and mathematics.More is required to do well in school beyond sitting in the classroom and managing to stay awake throughout the day.

Kids by nature want to learn, but somehow this love of new knowledge and new experiences is sucked out of them early on. Many teachers no longer teach to broaden the skills and abilities of their students. Instead they teach to the standardized tests. There's no longer much room for exploring new territory, and kids get bored easily and stay bored if they're not challenged.

How can we help our children when the educational system does not provide the formula to engage many kids? Making sure our kids are healthy and well is a very good start. One of the most interesting developments in cognitive science (how people learn) in the last ten years is the importance of physical activity in relation to human performance. 1,2,3 The results are in - research proves that physical activity is highly correlated to learning and academic achievement. Active kids are explorers. Active kids are alert and interested in what's going on around them. Active kids have an instinctive desire to grow and develop.

What kinds of exercise should our kids be doing? The great news is that the specific type of exercise doesn't matter. It's all good, whether a kid is playing soccer, running track, or riding around the neighborhood on her bike. It's the amount of exercise that counts, not the format of the exercise. Federal agencies recommend that every child get an hour of physical activity each day. This hour can be broken up into small segments or done all at once. What matters is the amount and consistency of the exercise.

Chiropractic care can play a big role in a child's development. Periodic chiropractic treatment can improve the functioning of a child's musculoskeletal system, and thus help improve their physical performance. And, chiropractic care can help a child recover quickly from activity- and sports-related injuries.

By helping a child continue with fun, enjoyable, and rewarding physical activities, chiropractic care is also helping them improve their academic performance. The result is a much more well-rounded young person, one whose interests may extend from the ball field to the science lab to the music room.


Chiropractic for Kids - A Lifetime Benefit

Children are usually much closer to their sources of power than are adults, even though kids are usually not aware of this set of special abilities.

For the most part, if a child's day has been a busy one, filled with activities, she'll fall asleep as soon as her head hits the pillow. What happens with adults? Often after a busy day, an adult will lie awake at night, reviewing everything that happened, repeating all the conversations, searching for ways to make it all come out better. A child's brain is filled with much less extra stuff, and they're able to get rest more easily and efficiently.

Quick recovery from injuries is another skill that kids have naturally. They fall down hard and bounce right back up. If they break a bone, it heals in a few weeks compared to the six weeks it often takes an adult's body to repair a fracture.

Chiropractic care enhances even further this set of extraordinary abilities. As their healing powers are so much stronger, kids' bodies absorb the many benefits of chiropractic treatment and immediately put them to good use. If they weren't feeling well their return to good health is quick, and if they were feeling great, their bodies are now even more optimized. Chiropractic care helps kids maximize the joys of being kids.

1Hillman CH, et al: The effect of acute treadmill walking on cognitive control and academic achievement in preadolescent chiildren. Neuroscience 159(3):1044-1054, 2009
2Ploughman M: Exercise is brain food. The effects of physical activity on cognitive function. Dev Neurorehabil 11(3):236-240, 2008
3Davis CL, et al: Effects of aerobic exercise on overweight children's cognitive functioning. Res Q Exerc Sport 78(5):510-519, 2007

Meet Dr Wilhelm

Jonathan M. Wilhelm / Chiropractic Physician

Dr Jonathan Wilhelm was born in Circle, Montana and moved to Bozeman, Montana at age 3 and has called the Gallatin Valley home since. He attended Montana State University in the Pre-Med program, where he fell in love his wife, April, and with the idea of Chiropractic. He went on to study at Life University's College of Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA, and completed his internship at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. He achieved his Chiropractic Doctorate degree in 2004, after graduating in the top of his class and achieving special recognitions for exemplary clinical performance and academic excellence. He moved to his home in Montana and realized his dream of opening ProChiropractic in 2004 and his second office, Big Sky Spinal Care Center in 2006.

Dr. Wilhelm is constantly working to improve his clinical knowledge, patient care, and education. He attends nearly 5 times the continuing education required by the State of Montana each year. He has proudly brought the new science of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression to the State, having opened the first clinic in Montana offering this amazing new treatment for severe low back pain patients. He has also certified as a CCEP, Advanced Graston Provider, and Whiplash and Spinal Trauma Physician (see more info on all below). Additionally, he is currently working towards his Master's Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Dr. Jon believes strongly that improving his education will result in a better cared for and more satisfied patient. In short, he does this all for YOU!

Dr. Jon and his wife, April, have two children, Trevor and Amra. He enjoys hunting, hiking, trail running, basketball and spending time with his family. You won't find a friendlier and more compassionate Chiropractor. He has a real passion for the true principles of Chiropractic care and for helping people.


Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm DC CCEP
Belgrade Chiropractor |Bozeman Chiropractor |Pro Chiropractic |

59715 59714 59718 |(406) 388-9915