Author Archives: Cathy Gratkowski

KINTSUGI IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Years ago I learned about an ancient Japanese art called, KINTSUGI or “GOLDEN REPAIR”.  It is the art of repairing broken treasured pottery by mending the areas with gold lacquer.  The story goes something like this.  A servant broke the king’s most revered porcelain bowl.  Not knowing what else to do, the servant tried to […]

Another COVID-19 suggestion by Dr. Cathy

I’m sure we are all hearing about how important it is to boost our own immune system.  I have shared several nutritional ideas about natural ways to do this on past videos on Facebook and Instagram.  I’ve also shared about how important stress reduction and improving sleep are to keep us healthy.  I want to […]

Take A Multiple Vitamin

TAKE A MULTIPLE VITAMIN.  Although I definitely recommend eating healthy as an essential part of your health journey, taking a great quality multiple vitamin is like an insurance policy on your daily requirements.  The quality of our food is not always as great as we think.  If your fruit and veggies were picked before completely […]

Get Adjusted

GET ADJUSTED:  I believe in the theory, use it or lose it!  This is so true with the health of the spine.  People ask me how they develop arthritis.  The answers include a.)  genetics, b.) prior injuries or c.) lack of motion.  When our mechanics are off, a segment or more in our spine locks […]

Work On Your Posture

 Improving your posture is not only for looks.  Posture has been absolutely linked to physical health such as better breathing, cognitive (memory) improvements, preventing falls through improving balance and even decreasing headaches and neck pain.  I am currently completing my certification and awaiting my final examination on being a Certified Ergonomist.  This is a specialist […]

EXERCISE FOR GLUTE STRENGTH

As a chiropractor, you may think that I preach strong abs 24/7. Well, surprise! I am not a fan of overworking your abdominal muscles. Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t say no ab work. Simply do not focus on the front and forget about your back side. I am affectionately known as a “butt […]

ICE VS. HEAT

One of the most common questions patients ask is whether to apply ice or heat to a musculoskeletal pain or injury. Most importantly is what feels better and works best for you, however here are a few suggestions. ICE: Typically, ice is used for acute or new conditions. This stops the bleeding, swelling and bruising. […]

DRINK IT UP!

The most common nutrition complaint I hear from patients is they don’t have enough time to cook or eat healthy. Sorry to burst your bubble, but after reading this article you will have NO EXC– USE! Juicing and blending are the easiest ways to bombard yourself with quick, healthy and easy to digest nutrition. Consider […]

ENGAGE YOUR CORE

Most of us think of “core strength” as the collection of muscles that help stabilize the spine. As true as that is, I like to use the term for something far different. I think of our “core strength” as our inner determination, our personal power, values and mental strength. Just as your physical muscles hold […]

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON STRESS

Stress is commonly referred to as the body’s fight or flight response. This is handled by a part of our body called the Sympathetic Nervous System. I like to think of it as our gas pedal. When you’re busy during the day with to-do lists, high performance demands, deadlines and multi-tasking, your gas pedal is […]