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Joan Robertson

Getting Into The Farming Business

Hey guys, I was talking with a friend this past week, and she is gearing up to start a small organic farm in Oregon. There are areas of Oregon that have been farming for hundreds of years, and it continues to grow. Smaller farms in the area have disappeared over the years as big development has pushed in to build houses. Her small boutique farm will have an emphasis on organic products, herbs, and vegetables mostly. As she begins this venture, she’s learning a lot about what it takes to get into the farming business. While she is definitely on the right track, there were some things that stood out during our conversation that led me to write this article.

• Know What Product You Want To Take To Market

If you are going to be growing and selling produce, you need to know a few things first. What is your product? Is there a local market for it? What is the barrier to entry? Knowing the answers to these questions will help prepare you to bring your product to market successfully.

•  Know The Seasons

Know the weather in your region and prepare to adjust your game. Climates in the North West are typically cold and wet. The summer months are short-lived, but beautiful for the few months they last. Having a greenhouse as an option to bring your produce indoors will give you a chance to keep your crops growing during the poor weather.

• Know Your Tools

Have the tools necessary to prepare your soil and plant your seeds properly. You will need gardening tools to care for your garden and trim your crops. Depending on what you grow, there are tools and gardening supplies that are specific to what you produce. Know your product, know what tools you need to grow, and enjoy the rewards.

• Treat It Like A Business

The farming business can tough, if you have a large crop and the seasons are erratic, you can find yourself without a product at the end of the season. Knowing the business side of this will help you to get through those tough times if the seasons bring drought or extreme heat. Any of these things could kill your crops and leave you empty-handed. Keeping your accounting in order, money set aside for employees, and a year’s worth of hard costs will keep your business running even when times are slow. Investing in accounting software that offers payroll for you to automate will keep the business running smoothly while you are focusing on what is essential.

• Get Your Distribution Network In Place

Once you grow a large enough crop of produce, you have a few options for distribution. It would be best if you thought about how you want to get your product out to the world. A local farm might distribute products locally at farmer’s markets and local restaurants. If you are growing more abundant crops with larger yields, you will need a distribution outlet like U.S. Foods or Sysco to get your product out to restaurants and grocery stores.

• Stay The Course

Keep your eyes on the prize! This goes for any business owner, but knowing how important focus is in business will help you make the right decisions when times get tough. You can even invest in a business coach if needed, as they will provide you with the necessary foundation required to handle your operations, market your business, and build a distribution network.

Of course, there are other important factors to consider when building your business, but these are some of the first things that came to mind when I was asked how to proceed with starting a farming business. This will be much different for larger farms, but for all your boutique farms, this is a great starting point for new farm startups.



All About Siding for Farm Homes

Farm house in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In truth, there are lots of home improvements that can be done on the farm,  both on the inside and the outside of our property. However, very few have the impact of new siding. With the right choice, it can give your farm home a unique appearance. In terms of curb appeal, new siding can have a dramatic effect. In this short guide, we want to discuss the primary considerations when choosing a material before then looking at the main four options that seem to have passed the test of time!

Important Considerations

How is the climate where you live? If you get lots of rain, you will need a siding material that offers water resistance. By doing this, you can prevent decay and extend the life of the siding. For example, wood siding in Washington State might not be the best option for the long run. While on the note of the weather, those in warmer climates like Arizona may want to consider energy efficiency. When a siding offers thermal insulation and a proper R-value, heat should remain inside the home, and you can save money on energy bills (an attractive proposition for buyers!). You may also want to reach out to a siding installation contractor to discuss the best options siding options for your area. A siding contractor will know the outdoor elements in your local area and which siding types are best for you.

For some, the appearance will be the most critical factor. While stone and brick are limited in terms of color, you can almost choose from a full-color wheel with vinyl. Of course, you also need to remember the exterior and structure of your home. For example, a stone veneer siding may not suit a three-story Victorian house on a three-acre farm.

For others, they care more about the eco-friendly nature of siding. While wood is naturally green, fiber cement also contains cement, clay, sand, and wood-pulp fibers. Most farm properties would be well suited for this option.

Finally, two other considerations would be durability and cost. How much money do you have to spend on siding? How long do you want the siding to last before it requires maintenance, painting, or even replacing completely?

Types of Siding For Your Farm

In truth, there are four main types of siding. Although you will find others that aren’t on this list, these four tend to be the most popular siding types found on farm properties. You can also consult a

1. Metal Siding

metal siding on the barn.

Generally made of steel and aluminum, this option was first introduced because of the high maintenance required with other materials. Especially considering the ubiquitous nature of overseas steel at a low cost, it’s an affordable option for those who need it. Not only is metal inherently durable, but some homeowners are also choosing to finish with vinyl or plastic coatings, which adds resistance against weathering and fading. 

With very little maintenance required, some manufacturers offer a 35-year warranty, and the average cost is around $6 per square foot for steel and $5 for aluminum.

2. Wood Siding

wood siding on tractor garage

Whether using planks, panels, or boards, wood is often considered the most beautiful siding. It can add character to a home, and there are several finishes and styles. On the other hand, there are two main problems with wood siding; the high cost and high maintenance. When installing wood, you will also need to add a stain or paint finish. Unfortunately, there’s also a risk of insect infestations, rotting, and damage when exposed to the sun.

3. Vinyl Siding

Next up, the industry continued to look for ways to overcome the problems with wood, and this led to vinyl. It’s available in all sorts of styles, it’s relatively affordable, and it doesn’t require much maintenance. In fact, the color goes right through the material, which makes painting unnecessary.

4. Fiber Cement Siding

fiber cement siding on guest house

Finally, this is the newest development in the market as a low-maintenance, durable product. Made from recycled materials, it’s installed in a similar way to wood and is available in different styles. Unfortunately, it costs an average of $10 per square foot.

Conclusion

With this, hopefully, you now know more about siding, the considerations to make, and the primary materials. Good luck when choosing for your home!



H2S Removal – How It’s Done

H2S, or hydrogen sulfide, is usually found in natural gas, and it’s highly corrosive. When not cared for properly, there’s a risk of H2S causing corrosion not only in gas transmission lines but in turbines and gas engines when employed as a fuel. When gas is sent to the pipeline or when it’s used as fuel, all H2S needs to be removed with traps in order to eliminate these risks.

H2S Dangers

Before we look at a couple of removal methods employed in this area, why should we be so concerned about removing H2S? In small quantities, hydrogen sulfide isn’t too dangerous, and we know this because it’s found in our bodies. If you’ve ever smelled the egg-like smell that comes when organic materials decay, this is H2S. As a result of the digestion process, we experience small amounts of H2S in the body.

With this in mind, the body can deal with tiny amounts. With the amount generated from industrial and manufacturing processes, this is a different story altogether. For example, numerous health problems result from inhalation, skin contact, and consumption. In severe cases, it also has the potential to cause death.

Unfortunately, exposure to hydrogen sulfide is much higher for those who work in paper mills, natural gas drilling operations, mining facilities, and similar environments. These industries are heavily regulated, and staff must be trained while adhering to the safety procedures laid out by the responsible party. What’s more, companies also need to provide the highest quality of equipment.

Removal Techniques

Currently, perhaps the safest solution for H2S removal is called the chemical injection system. Not only does this technique avoid emissions and the use of amine plants, but companies can also get started for a much smaller investment than the next method we will discuss.

Essentially, the idea with the chemical injection system is to clean the gas and rid it of all harmful components by injecting an H2S scavenger. In terms of other harmful components, this technique will remove the following problems; paraffin, hydrates, foaming, high salt content, corrosion, and scale.

As the second technique we want to discuss today, some companies will choose the gas sweetening system. As well as removing H2S, this system will remove CO2. Why is this important? Because carbon dioxide and water combined will create carbonic acid. By eliminating both components, we can remove the risk of a potential catastrophe. The gas sweetening system (GSS) is also often referred to as amine gas treating.

Once the removal of oil, water, and condensates has taken place, this process can begin. When companies use this technique, they must adhere to the safety measures provided by the NSC (National Safety Council) and the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). In addition to this, there are specific regulations and specifications relating to the products used in the technique; these are governed by NACE International (National Agency of Corrosion Engineers).

These days, there are various solutions on the market that promise to remove H2S and CO2 from natural gases. Typically, any harmful gases left behind will be removed in the next cycle, so the danger is always removed.

In terms of other removal techniques, we’ve assessed the most common two, but some will use an absorption tower with water. Ultimately, the choice of method will all depend on the task at hand, company budget, regulations, and more.



Roof Damage To The Farmhouse

damage to the roof of our Tulsa farm house

Winter storms are never fun on the farm, and when you are surrounded by trees and foliage, and the winds pick up, debris is bound to be blown down on to your roof, or even worse, through a window in your home.

We recently had a tree fall on our property and take out part of the roof on the farmhouse. This wasn’t an issue since we had insurance coverage to pay for the damage, it wasn’t until after the repair that we experienced a leak in the front living space. We called the roofing company since they guaranteed their work, yet, they claimed that the leak was caused by something other than the original image they repaired.

Well, that wasn’t the answer we were looking for! This leak happened after they repaired the shingles, and it was apparent there was a mistake made by them when they were fixing it. We contacted a Tulsa lawyer to dispute the claim and found that this wasn’t the first time a complaint had been filed against this roofing company.

inside Tulsa court room

We were hoping it would be a quick and painless process, but it actually ended up dragging out in court and costing us a ton of time. We had to hire a construction expert witness to inspect and document the complaint against the roofing company. It didn’t take long after that before the roofing company decided to settle out of court. There was proof that when they replace the roofing material, they didn’t secure the solar panels properly to the roof. The mounting brackets weren’t secured to the roof, and this allowed water to seep in through the mounting holes. Since the removal and reinstallation of our solar panels were part of the agreement, they agreed to cover the costs of repair.

Going to court is never fun, and it’s always expensive. Having a dependable lawyer in our corner to battle for us was helpful. Still, the person that really made this happen for us was the expert witness that found the flaw in the repair and was able to identify the mistake, and that is what won us our case in court.



Locked The Keys In The Ford Pickup

My husband came in this morning from doing some work on one of our Oklahoma properties, he was grouchy as a gremlin in the water! The screen door swung open, and he hollered out, “babe, I locked the keys in the Ford pickup truck. I was making breakfast and didn’t care much about what he was saying, but as he continued blabbering about his keys, I realized we didn’t have another way to get around the property without our F-150.

He settled, and we ate some bacon and farm fresh eggs, some comfort food to ease the tension always seems to work with him. We wrapped up eating, then had a cup of coffee, and by that time, he was ready to defeat this nagging inconvenience that had arisen. We walked about a half-mile down to where he was setting up some fencing, and sure enough, there were the keys inside the truck. Now, this old bucket of bolts doesn’t have any fancy auto-locking system, so not sure how the doors locked unless he manually pushed the driver side door one down. He refused to admit he did that and insisted that it somehow auto-locked, which wasn’t even a feature in that old bucket of bolts.

Time to Call a Locksmith

We tinkered for about an hour with a bent hanger and a slim Jim and couldn’t get the lock to pop. We walked back to the house and opened up the Yellowpages to look for a lock smith. That old book had been collecting dust for the past few years. I scrolled back to the “L” section like it was 1980 again, and I was searching for local service providers. I found a locksmith in Oklahoma City that was very responsive and polite on the phone. He said it was only going to take him forty-five minutes to be there and that he would have the door unlocked in a matter of minutes. Sure enough, he arrived and opened our door without any issues. Those older model Ford trucks don’t have fancy locking mechanisms, so the old school tools still work on them. Not sure why my husband couldn’t get it done, seems easy enough to me.

Making Spare Keys

Well, the truck was unlocked, and we are back in business. Trucking hay bales around the farm property is an absolute must if you want to keep the grazing horses and free-roaming animals like deer fed. Farm maintenance is a busy job, and having your keys locked in your truck or tractor can be a significant setback. Our solution for preventing this in the future is simple; we had the locksmith create a spare set of keys for the tuck and the tractor. This is something that should have been done a long time ago.

I wanted to get this written up shared with our community. It’s an easy lesson learned. If you have farm vehicles that you use regularly, make sure you keep a spare set of keys, or you will be calling a locksmith to your property too!



Common Illnesses for Large Farm Animals in Arizona

When your animals get sick, the symptoms they show will usually tell the story of their illness. We know because we’re farm-folk that have been doing this farm-living thing for many years. After dealing with a sick horse, cow, and other large farm animals, we decided to write up this quick post for our farm-family out there dealing with sick animals. Identifying and understanding what these symptoms indicate can save the lives of your farm animals and get them back to being healthy quickly. In the case of one of our horses, we were unable to identify the health issues ourselves, so we hired a large animal vet in Arizona near our Gilbert farm. They were able to bring her back to her old self, but we know that mobile equine vets aren’t always available when you need them. So here are some things to look out for when you find one of your farm animals sick.

Many illnesses can affect farm animals. Here are some of the most common illnesses for large farm animals that you will likely encounter at some point if you find yourself get’n dirty on some farm turf.

Milk Fever

Another name for milk fever is hypocalcemia. This is a condition that results in there being a low level of calcium in the blood. You will usually notice milk fever in recently calved cows. It is also, albeit less frequently, possible at any stage of lactation. Some of the common symptoms of milk fever include:

  • Weakness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irregularities in the heartbeat
  • Low body temperature
  • Cold ears
  • Mental dullness
  • Large bladder
  • Shivering
  • Bloating

Ketosis

Also known as acetonemia, ketosis is a common condition affecting dairy cattle. This illness occurs when the amount of energy a cow is receiving is less than the amount of energy they are exerting. A cow producing a large amount of milk will potentially fall into ketosis. Fat from tissue stores gets sent to the liver to be converted into usable energy. The liver can fail if a cow is in ketosis for too long. Some of the symptoms of ketosis are:

  • Depression
  • Drop in milk production
  • Yellow mucous membranes
  • Sweet-smelling breath
  • Manually licking everywhere

Pneumonia

Any farm animal can catch pneumonia. This lung infection is also called shipping fever. It can occur at any point in an animal’s life, although it is usually seen in younger animals, particularly after a stressful event. Pneumonia usually begins with a bacterial infection, which weakens the immune system, opening the body up to a second infection. The common symptoms of pneumonia are:

  • Increased temperature
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Discharge from nasal passages
  • Lethargy
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent cough

Hardware Disease

Also known as traumatic reticulopericarditis, this is an illness affecting farm animals when they ingest a material such as metal. Nails, barbed wire, and electrical cables are all common. When a metal object gets to the reticulum, near the heart, bacteria can spread into the area surrounding the heart. This results in an infection that can negatively affect the heart. Some of the common symptoms of hardware disease are:

  • Decreased production
  • Reduction in weight gain
  • Difficulty in hearing a heartbeat
  • Irregular heartbeat

Here is a case study of reticulopericarditis in a goat.

Wrapping Up

Common illnesses in farm animals have tell-tale symptoms that can help you take action before it is too late. Now that you are aware of what the common diseases are, you can take preventative steps as well to ensure farm animals stay healthy. It is always better to prevent than to treat, so do what you can to ensure your farm animals avoid succumbing to these common illnesses.

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Pros and Cons of Concrete Staining

Last month we decided to stain the concrete floors in the barns garage, and we loved the results. Because of the amount of dirt and debris that makes it’s way into the house, we went ahead and took out the carpeting and had the foundation of the home stained. This was a learning experience, as is everything on the farm. We decided to put this together so other farmers looking to stain concrete on their properties can gain a better understanding of what we went through and and the pros and cons associated with having this done.

For businesses especially, concrete is something that has gained attention in recent years. As a durable and strong material, it’s perfect for those expecting lots of foot traffic. Also, the appearance of concrete has improved dramatically. Rather than the concrete we might find on the street, concrete floors now look so appealing that they’re utilized in some homes too. 

If you’re currently weighing up the pros and cons of stained concrete, allow us to help. Here’s why you should and shouldn’t choose stained! 

Pros

  • Beautiful Appearance – These days, there’s a wide selection of shades when it comes to concrete staining. With the very best contractors, they will delve into all sorts of shades, deep tones, neutrals, pastels, and more. In fact, some are even able to add waves, swirls, stenciled designs, and marbling. In a home or business, this adds character and can make a building seem more welcoming (perfect for all customers who enter!)
  • Flexibility – Often, people think they have to forgo a polished finish when they choose concrete, but this isn’t the case at all. Depending on what you need, you might apply a stain before polishing so you have a fantastic appearance but with a glossy finish. Alternatively, you can use a clear urethane coating and the flooring is suddenly protected from abrasions and spillages. 
  • Cost Effective – Let’s clear up another misconception because concrete staining can be a good investment. Yes, there are cheaper options with carpet and perhaps even laminate. However, it’s more of an investment and the durability of the concrete should protect this investment. 
  • Natural – Finally, why cover up the natural flooring of the home or building with laminate or carpet when you can let it shine instead? Make the most of the underlying concrete flooring and choose to have it stained with a design that suits you. 

Cons 

  • High Initial Cost – It will prove to be a good investment…but investments take some time to pay back. If you have the time to reap these rewards, this is great news. If you can’t afford the initial cost, or you’re planning to move office building in the near future, a cheaper solution might suit your situation better
  • Imperfections – Unfortunately, another issue with concrete staining is that discolored areas and cracks can still show. In fact, some experts will tell you that concrete staining actually draws attention to these problem areas. While some cracks and imperfections will tell a story and add character, others may ruin the appearance of the flooring. 
  • Requires an Experienced Hand – With something like carpet, we can actually do this ourselves. Although some choose professionals for installation, there’s no reason why we can’t put in a carpet with little help. On the other hand, concrete staining requires a talented hand with experience. Once the stain layer is down, there’s very little time to play around with special tools before it sets. Once it has set, there’s nothing we can do to change the appearance. 

Summary 

We believe that concrete staining is definitely something to explore. With the high level of customization, it’s possible to truly find a design that meets our needs. Whether in your home or a business building, the acids are versatile, and it allows for a level of personalization simply not possible with carpets, hardwood flooring, and laminates. What’s more, it’s also more durable than a coat of paint. Even if there’s a large number of people walking over the flooring on a daily basis, the fantastic look should last!



Financing Options For Your Farm

mortgage lenders, difference between banks and credit unions.

Getting into the farming business is no easy task! Depending on the type of farm you are wanting to buy, there are many expenses that will need to be taken into consideration before diving in. What type of farm are you looking for? A horse farm? Pig farm? Crops? Each and everyone of those options requires specific items to operate, all of that will need to be included in the investment of the farm property if you are getting after this for the first time. I’m writing this because a friend of our sons came to us and asked what it took to set up a farm. I didn’t have an answer for him because it’s such a broad answer that I didn’t even know where to begin. The first thing I asked him is what are you wanting to farm? We talked a bit about his passions and concluded that he wanted to be a horse and cattle rancher, have some chickens, and other livestock but didn’t have a vision for monetizing the farm. We talked further and we gave him some ideas on how to earn a living as a farmer, and then came the big questions that we all ask ourselves at some point. How in the heck do I pay for that? As we discussed lending options, he inquired about the difference between a bank and a credit union, and while I’m no expert, I came up with some notes that might help some other young folks out there searching for an answer to a similar question. So here we go!

Banks

Banks have started charging their members an unnecessary amount of fees from too many monthly transfers to not having a direct deposit in your account. Due to these increasing fees, many consumers are turning to the credit unions. When deciding between a bank and a credit union, it’s important to view the pros and cons before making a decision. Both banks and credit unions operate under similar laws and agencies such as loans, mortgages and safety, therefore the customer experience you get can be different. The overall difference is that banks are for profit institutions, while credit unions are nonprofit.

Credit Unions

Credit unions tend to have better customer service and lower fees, but higher interest rates. Credit provided average financial benefits equivalent to $85 per member and $178 per household in 12 months ending March of 2018. Banks generally have lower interest rates with higher fees. Both banks and credit unions provide similar services such as checking and savings accounts, loans and business accounts. Since credit unions are non-profits this means that they are owned by the customers.  You must qualify for a membership. There are horse farm mortgage lenders that offer competitive rates on small, medium, and large property loans. You are going to want to inquire with your local credit union about the available financing options they have for you.

In fact, a 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Report shows that customers rate credit unions with higher satisfaction than banks, scoring 82 out of 100. Additionally, banks generally have more branches, easier access, and better technological developments. This has become increasingly important for users who often depend on mobile banking services.

Credit unions have the potential to have better percentages and more members who are driven to save their money with a good interest percentage. A big concern when choosing between a bank and a credit union is safety. Credit unions are federally insured and credited by the U.S. government. It is insured that your money will be safe. Research your options and check out quotes from banks, credit unions or online lenders to ensure you get your financial needs met.

Overall, credit unions are owned by the government, meaning they are more reliable and the safer way to save your money. The customer care is more of a family environment and the interest rates are more ideal. Banks have great customer care too and good savings and checking plans for your account. Credit unions and banks have their pros and cons and it all boils down to your financial situation and what bank or credit union prefer. Many people use both as well for credit and or debit cards. Also, some may use a credit union for a business and a bank for personal finances. It all depends on your financial lifestyle.



Farm Lawn Services Oklahoma

We had a maintenance member quit one of our Farms in August, and we were without landscape and barn maintenance. It’s a real wake up call when someone leaves, and all of a sudden, you realize how much they do for your business.

We don’t live in Oklahoma City on a full-time basis, so when one of our farms loses a valuable asset like an employee, we don’t immediately notice the impact of the loss. However, when we paid a visit after three weeks, it became evident that we were short a team member. The grass had grown to lengths that were not acceptable for a commercial property. We have clients that come and go all week, our grounds need to be kept and tidy.

We all jumped in and tag-teamed the property until we could hire someone. The interview process took longer than anticipated, and we ended up contracting a lawn service company in OKC that was able to manage the lawn and garden care for a few months.

After two months of paying for the maintenance, we concluded that hiring a lawn care company to keep the property maintained was the better option. I’m curious how other horse properties deal with this dilemma. Landscaping services are expensive, but so is hiring an employee and keeping them happy. There are other things to take into consideration like insurance, time off, and end of year bonuses.

Some other benefits came along with contracting this work. For instance, we had wanted to lay irrigation pipes for the past few years, but our maintenance guy didn’t have the knowledge to accomplish that. Hiring a professional landscape service has allowed us to exercise new ideas on gardening and irrigation that we weren’t able to before. We have since installed the irrigation, made updates to the fencing, planted new shrubs, and gave the entry area a cosmetic overhaul.

Oklahoma City is an area where plant-life grows really well, so having a lawn and garden caretaker is a necessary must if you have a commercial property that receives foot traffic. Our clients come and go all month long and the landscaping needs to be maintained, our recommendation for our sister farms is that you hire a lawn and garden maintenance team to care for your property.



Fibromyalgia On The Farm

elderly farmer seeking chiropractic treatment

Working for years on the farm can leave you with lower back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Tossing bales of hay all my life has also left me with some shoulder pain. Recently, a good friend was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and sought out chiropractic care to ease some of the pain. The chiropractic adjustments he received from Dr. Mark Taylor really helped him recover. So on behalf of him and every other rancher, farmer, and laborer out there, here is an in-depth perspective on chiropractic care for Fibromyalgia.

How Can Chiropractic Help With Fibromyalgia?

Also known as FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome), fibromyalgia is a condition that comes with a number of different symptoms. Generally speaking, the condition causes pain in different areas of the body. However, fibromyalgia sufferers will tell you that the following are also common; 

  • Muscle stiffness 
  • Sensitivity to pain 
  • Fatigue 
  • Lack of concentration 
  • Problems with memory 
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines and headaches 

Even after this, sufferers may have difficulty getting off to sleep in the evenings. With poor-quality sleep, we wake up fatigued and with a lack of energy; this creates a nasty spiral of negative events. Since there’s no real treatment for the health concern, some people feel as though they need to live with the pain and many side effects…but this isn’t necessarily the case. 

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care 

In years gone by, people would laugh and look elsewhere when chiropractic care was mentioned. Today, we’re starting to see the true value of the practice in several fields. For example, most NFL franchises now employ a chiropractor as part of the medical team. As more and more studies consider the effectiveness of chiropractic care, doctors are starting to suggest the practice as a complementary treatment to relieve pain and stress in the body. 

The Art of Chiropractic

If you haven’t learned about this field previously, chiropractors essentially believe that everything is connected in some way inside the body. With a particular focus on the musculoskeletal system, the treatments target joints, muscles, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissue. If something is wrong with any of these, it can affect the whole body. 

With this in mind, the goal for chiropractors is to restore some form of balance. With a strong skeletal structure, the body remains stable and ready to take on the world. For example, one of the most common treatments is called an ‘adjustment’. Through a series of manipulations and movements, the spine is aligned, and pain is removed. 

Helping with Fibromyalgia

treating fibromyalgia with chiropractic

If you suffer with fibromyalgia, you’ve probably done all sorts of research as to treatments that may or may not help (perhaps this is how you found our short guide!). Although this isn’t the magical cure that we all need, it is quickly gaining attention from this particular community. Why? Because it can alleviate the pain that comes with fibromyalgia. 

More and more, people are starting to see a difference in back, neck, and leg pain after chiropractic appointments. By adjusting the neck and spine, you’re encouraging a healthier structure in the body and this reduces the risk of chronic pain

Sadly, upper cervical spinal stenosis is another common problem that comes with fibromyalgia. When this happens, the upper spine coverings (known as meninges) compress. Even while sitting down, this causes pain and it’s incredibly difficult to get comfortable. Fortunately, there are a growing number of chiropractors familiar with the condition and this particular side effect. After adjusting the neck and head, the spine is no longer compressed, and this puts an end to the pain. 

Should I Contact a Chiropractor?

As time goes on, more and more studies draw the connection between fibromyalgia relief and chiropractic care. In truth, there’s a double effect. Not only do you reduce pain, you give yourself an opportunity to sleep well. With stronger sleep at night, you aren’t quite so tired the next day and the negative spiral we mentioned earlier is finally broken. 

We recommend talking to your doctor about the possibility of chiropractic care. From here, find a reliable and experienced chiropractor who will listen to your concerns and help relieve the fibromyalgia pain!




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