Red, Rhythm and Boom

Red, Rhythm and Boom

Independence Day is a time to celebrate America’s birthday and Mason’s Red, Rhythm and Boom is a great event to celebrate with the family. Featuring games, rides, live music, food and fireworks, this patriotic celebration offers something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a great way to celebrate American independence, check out what’s going on at Red, Rhythm and Boom.

The fun starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 rain or shine with first-come, first-serve lawn seating at the Mason Municipal Campus for what’s sure to be a fun-filled evening for everyone. And because admission is free you and your family can enjoy everything the evening has to offer. Things like…

Games, Fun and Food

No Independence Day celebration is complete without fun and games. Red, Rhythm and Boom doesn’t disappoint here. The games begin at 4 p.m. and with the purchase of a wristband, your kids can enjoy fun inflatable interactives, a bounce house and more. Food vendors featuring a variety of tasty treats will provide plenty of dining options or cool beverages to help you beat the heat.

Live Music and Entertainment

In addition to plenty of games, interactives and food, Red, Rhythm and Boom offers live music and plenty of entertainment that’s sure to be a rocking good time for the whole family. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. when alt pop trio Echosmith, known for its Billboard Hot 100 hit “Cool Kids,” takes the stage. They’ll have you rocking out and ready for the music to continue at 8:30 p.m. when Grammy-award nominated rock band Daughtry takes the stage. Former “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry and his band will keep the party going with hits like “It’s Not Over” and “I’m Going Home.”

Honoring Those Who Served

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the American Legion and to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, Red, Rhythm and Boom is proud to partner with American Legion Post 194. As a tribute to local active military members and veterans, the City and Post 194 will be hosting military activities and attractions throughout the evening that includes a video tribute to those who have served our nation’s military. Former and active duty military personnel are encouraged to submit their own videos that will be added to the tribute.

Fireworks Extravaganza

What would Independence Day be without an amazing fireworks show? The evening wraps up at 10 p.m. as Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks lights up the night sky.

Declare Independence from Pain with Help from Live Well Chiropractic Center

Whether you need help relieving pain associated with tennis elbow, your back, neck or hip areas, pregnancy-related pain, many other common conditions or even custom orthotics and nutritional supplements, Mason’s Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert of Live Well Chiropractic Center can help! Dr. Kim specializes in all aspects of the pregnancy process from preconception to post delivery. She is one of the few females in the Greater Cincinnati area certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, or ICPA, in the Webster Technique, and also by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics. Call us today at 513-285-7482, or email info@livewellcc.com to see how we can help give you independence from pain!

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4 Restaurants with Great Healthy Options in Mason

4 Restaurants with Great Healthy Options in Mason

Eating out is a constant in our lives, but all too often eating out means eating unhealthy meals. We get it. Eating a salad with lemon juice for a dressing every meal isn’t appealing, but luckily there are plenty of great restaurants in Mason that offer delicious and healthy options. Here is our list of eight great dishes at four Mason restaurants that will have your taste buds rejoicing without the guilt.

Zoup
In a hurry on your lunch break? No worries. Stop into Zoup at Deerfield Pointe Shopping Center on Mason-Montgomery Road for its Quinoa Veggie soup. This healthy vegan soup has quinoa, kale, red and yellow peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Clocking in at 100 calories per 8-ounce serving and packed with nutrients, it’s a great option for a hot soup. Zoup also offers red and green gazpacho, served cold, that is incredibly low in calories and packed with flavor. You can also opt for the Fiesta chicken salad with romaine, cheddar, corn and black bean salsa, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and chipotle ranch dressing for 160 calories per half bowl if calories are your main concern. But if you’re strictly watching calories, be sure to check out its nutrition information online before ordering. The roasted veggie wrap, for example, sounds like it would be a great choice, but packs 570 calories a serving.

Wildflower Café
The Wildflower Café in downtown Mason is a wonderful spot for a great meal. Serving a farm-to-table menu with fresh seasonal ingredients from local and organic farms, the restaurant focuses on achieving minimal environmental impact and sustainable local economies. Try the Vegan Cassoulet, a traditional French country dish (less the meat) with local veggies, country beans and crushed tomatoes baked with thyme, oregano and garlic, topped with crispy onions and aged balsamic, served with a simple salad.

Phoenician Taverna
Phoenician Taverna serves Mediterranean fare (including vegetarian options) in the White Blossom Center on Mason-Montgomery Road. This busy restaurant has earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp and has plenty of healthy options. We like its Salmon Meshwi, a grilled salmon filet served with grilled vegetables and burghul pilaf. The Fool M’Dammas is also delicious. These are simmered fava beans mixed with fresh lemon, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

S.W. Clyborne & Spirits
Clyborne’s, as it’s known around town, is located on Snider Road at Tylersville. With its chic décor and amazing service, Clyborne’s is quickly going from hidden gem to Mason mainstay. The mushroom lentil burger is a great choice. It includes a house-blend of roasted mushrooms and black beluga lentils, lettuce, pickled onion, fresh avocado and sriracha aioli. Also, check out the fresh catch of the day. Recently, it featured pan-seared Bristol Bay scallops served atop mushroom farro finished with a spring pea purée and shaved radish. Delicious!

Whether you’re dining out for a quick lunch break or a leisurely date-night dinner, we hope you enjoy a few of these dishes from great Mason restaurants. Live Well Chiropractic knows that nutrition is a huge part of your overall health and wellbeing, and are proud to offer a variety of supplements and support products. Give us a call at 513-285-7482 to find out how we can help improve your nutrition and overall health!

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Yes, that’s a baby! :)

For those of you who have noticed my quickly expanding abdomen recently and have been wondering, but too polite to ask: Yes, that’s a baby! My family and I are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting the arrival of baby #4 in early October. We still aren’t sure if we are going to find out the sex of the baby this time around. We did not with the first 3, but I kind of want to know with this one! Please bear with me with my pregnancy fatigue over the next few months, making a baby, raising 3 little ones and taking care of patients can be hard work 🙂 As with all my previous pregnancies, we will conduct business as usual at Live Well Chiropractic Center until the arrival of our little pumpkin in October!

Importance of Posture

The Importance of Posture

Most people don’t realize the importance of posture and the effects it can have on your overall health. Having poor posture is one of the top three reasons for all visits to the doctor, and worsening posture over the years can decrease your life expectancy. Here are a few reasons why maintaining good posture is important to your health.

Preventing back problems

One of the biggest problems that can occur from poor posture is temporary or chronic back pain due to the pressure put on your joints, nerves, and muscles from slouching. If you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk for most of the day, make sure you are sitting up straight.

Improving athletic performance and preventing injuries

Even if you are a star athlete, poor posture can impact your performance and cause injuries, especially if you spend most of your day sitting for long periods of time. In order to enhance your posture when you are off the field or outside of the gym, make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day that involve some activity. Even taking a 15-minute walk can help improve your posture and ultimately your athletic performance.

Lowering the risk for chronic health problems

The natural height that we lose with age brings a greater chance for having a curved spine, which can cause tightness around many of your internal organs. These restrictions increase the chances for chronic health problems such as digestive issues, stroke and heart disease. In order to reduce the risk for these health-related issues, treat your posture with the same level of care as you would with other habits, like healthy eating, exercise, and brushing your teeth.

Boosting your mood and energy levels

Having good posture can impact more than how you appear. A study from the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry states that “adopting an upright posture may increase positive affect, reduce fatigue and decrease self-focus in people with mild to moderate depression.” The tension caused by poor posture can also decrease your energy levels due to the compression in your spine. In order to keep both your body and mind strong, be sure to incorporate flexibility exercises such as yoga into your workout routine.

Live Well specializes in chiropractic services that improve posture including spinal alignment, decompression therapy, and preventative exercises. We can also help your children improve their posture before bad habits become ingrained. To schedule an appointment, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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Get Creative with Your Herbs

Get Creative with Your Herbs

The kitchen is the heart of the home and creating a fantastic meal for your family or entertaining is even better when you use fresh herbs. Herb gardens can be started and maintained in both indoor and outdoor settings and add some flair to your recipes. But you don’t need to be an experienced chef or gardener to grow herbs yourself. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are a few tips for growing your own herbs and getting creative in the kitchen.

Choose Your Herbs

When deciding on which herbs are right for you, consider if you want to grow indoors or outdoors based on the climate of your region. If you reside in a cold location, keeping herbs indoors might be best. Also, consider how much time and attention you have to make your herb garden a success. Some of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow are basil, rosemary, chives, parsley, tarragon, lavender, dill and mint.

Starting and Maintaining Your Garden

Once you have chosen your space and which herbs you are going to grow, the gardening process is fairly simple. Herbs need to be planted, watered and harvested frequently for the best results. Many herbs like oregano, chives and parsley can be grown in pots or containers indoors or planted in a well-lit soiled area outside. Deciding when to harvest depends on the herb, but they generally should be harvested before they flower. Removing approximately 1/3 of the growth with scissors will keep herbs growing at a more bountiful rate and better quality.

Get Cooking

Once you have your herb garden up and running, it’s time to head into the kitchen to put your homegrown herbs to use. Knowing which herbs to pair with certain foods can be tricky, but some of our favorites are using basil for making homemade pesto, rosemary herbs for grilled pork loin and dill for salmon. Some other options include using parsley, chives and tarragon for making herb butter to grill steaks or sea bass.

More Than Just Food

Your homegrown herbs can be used for other household items in addition to food. Get creative outside of the kitchen by using lavender and cilantro to make bath bombs, soap, baking soda or decorations, or rosemary to make fresh herbal hair rinses. Rosemary and mint can also be used as an insect and mice repellent to keep unwanted pests out of your kitchen.

We encourage you to stay healthy and safe while gardening by stretching and wearing protection for your knees when gardening outdoors. In addition to our safety tips, Live Well can help you with a variety of nutritional support and services. Contact us by emailing info@livewellcc.com or calling at 513-285-7682 or send us a message.

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How to Stay Safe on the Court

How to Stay Safe on the Court

Tennis is an amazing sport for many reasons. It’s a great aerobic workout that also strengthens your muscles, betters your balance and increases your physical stamina. Another bonus is that tennis is played in a social setting, has a degree of friendly competition and can be played almost anywhere throughout the year.

While tennis-related injuries happen less frequently than other high-impact sports, there are a number of ways that you can minimize the chance for injury on the court and ultimately up your tennis game. Here’s how.

Warm Up Properly

Tennis is so fun that it’s common to want to jump right into the game, but warming up is an imperative part of any sports-related activity or workout routine. Failure to do proper warm-ups before heading onto the court can be harmful to your muscles and joints. Gentle stretches and basic aerobic warm-ups like jumping jacks, running in place and lunges for several minutes will not only prevent injuries but will also increase your performance.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water not only makes you feel and play better, but it also helps your muscles. Dehydration can cause sodium and potassium levels to be abnormal, which is directly related to muscle strains. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your tennis matches to prevent dehydration, especially during the summer.

Prevent Overexertion

Playing tennis frequently can be fun and exciting, but it can also increase the risk of injury, especially in your dominant arm. Tennis elbow is a common condition that occurs when the tendons in the lateral epicondylitis are being overused from the twisting motions in your arms. 70 percent of active tennis players develop tennis elbow at some point in time.

The condition can cause severe pain on your elbow, forearms, and wrists that make everyday activities difficult. A common misconception about tennis elbow is that it occurs only from playing tennis. Many other sports, hobbies, and professions that require an intense or repetitive grip, like using a computer mouse all day, can also be a cause.

If you’ve treated the pain from tennis elbow with at-home remedies such as over-the-counter pain relievers, icing, heating and rest and are still experiencing symptoms, it may be time to see a physician. While chiropractors are generally associated with providing treatments for the back, their techniques are also applied with great success to eliminate tennis elbow.

Dr. Kim can treat tennis elbow by using adjusting techniques and rehabilitative exercises that focus on the fascia, or the soft connective tissues between your muscles. To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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Does Rain Make You More Prone to Injury When Playing Sports?

Does Rain Make You More Prone to Injury When Playing Sports?

When it rains it pours, especially when it comes to being an athlete and getting injured. One of the most common sports-related injuries is caused by simply slipping in the rain, especially in soccer.

Some sports like baseball decide to take a rain check in mild weather conditions, but for other sports such as football, cheerleading and track and field, the show must go on in almost all weather conditions. While you can’t control the weather, you can be mindful of slipping, stretching and shoe selection in order to prevent the nasty weather from raining on your parade. Here’s how.

Slipping

In many sports, sliding in to score a run or goal is a good thing, but slipping is a totally different ballgame. Unintentional slips in the rain can cause long-term injuries that require medical attention. It’s easy to get carried away when there’s time on the clock, but make sure you pay close attention to your surroundings when it’s raining. It’s a win, win situation in staying safe.

Stretching

As with any athletic activity, stretching before hitting the ground running greatly reduces injuries, especially when it’s slippery outside. Stretching causes your muscles to become more resilient and bounce back quickly even if you do take a fall. Be sure to spend at least 10 minutes warming up before training or participating in athletic activities to prepare your body for upcoming movement and possible wet conditions.

Shoe Selection

Deciding what kind of shoe to wear is also directly related to sports performance and injury prevention. Buying a pair of shoes that are slip resistant can keep you on your toes in wet weather conditions. Examining the shape and size of your shoes can determine if they are the right pair for rainy days. Sports shoes with flat edges on the outsoles and rigidly shaped cleats can cause the water to gather at the bottom of the shoe instead of pushing it away. It’s better to go with shoes that do not have flat edges on the outsole to create better traction against water.

If you’ve taken a fall and want to get an evaluation or treatment, schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Kim specializes in providing treatment of a variety of rain-related sports injuries such as hip, knee and shoulder pain. Get in touch with us by emailing info@livewellcc.com or calling at 513-285-7682. Also, feel free to send us a message for general questions or inquiries.

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Live Well Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in an expecting mother’s life. Whether it’s visiting a gynecologist or primary care doctor, getting proper medical care during pregnancy is beneficial to both the mother and baby. Adding a chiropractor to the list of doctors and specialists to see during pregnancy or even while trying to conceive is not only beneficial, but it can help make pregnancy easier and less uncomfortable.

From pre-conception to post delivery, here is why you should visit a chiropractor if you are expecting (or trying to be).

Pre-Conception

There are many misconceptions about what you can do to better your chances of becoming pregnant. There is no one specific cause of infertility, but one can be associated with an improperly functioning nervous system. Visiting a chiropractor can help with spinal alignment, which directly impacts the nervous system. While visiting a chiropractor doesn’t solve the problem of infertility, it is good supplemental care in addition to other fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Pregnancy

Many expecting mothers ask if it’s safe to see a chiropractor during pregnancy. Not only is it safe, but it’s recommended to ease the pain and discomfort that can come along with being pregnant. Chiropractic care can help mothers-to-be maintain a better center of gravity and posture during pregnancy. Seeing a chiropractor and having proper pelvic alignment, allows the baby room to get in optimal position for delivery.

Post Delivery

Just as chiropractic care is a good way to make pregnancy more comfortable, postpartum chiropractic care can also help with rehabilitation. Visiting a chiropractor after giving birth can help with recovery time and alignment in the pelvis and back. Seeing a chiropractor can also assist with getting a new mother’s body back into its pre-pregnancy state, which can minimize the chances or symptoms of postpartum depression.

From pre-conception to post delivery, Live Well Chiropractic Center’s Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert specializes in chiropractic pregnancy techniques and is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in The Webster Technique. Hear more from Dr. Kim about our pregnancy chiropractic care services by watching our educational videos, or visit our website to learn about our chiropractic services for pregnancy care.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions about how a chiropractor can help during your pregnancy, send us a message.

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Tips To Help Your Child Prepare For Spring Sports by Live Well Chiropractic

Tips To Help Your Child Prepare For Spring Sports

Whether your kids play soccer, baseball, lacrosse, track or any other spring sport, getting them ready for the demands of training season is essential to making sure they have fun, perform well and stay safe. Chiropractic care is one way to make sure they are in good physical condition and to prevent injuries. Here are a few ways that Live Well Chiropractic Center can help prepare your child for spring training.

Initial Consultation

Parents of student-athletes may not be sure what to expect the first time they bring their child to visit a chiropractor. Much like getting a physical, visiting a chiropractor for a consultation can help discover any current ailments and prevent future injuries. During your first visit at Live Well Chiropractic Center, we can evaluate your child’s range of motion, posture and spinal alignment and find any pain points that might cause issues during the spring training season.

Corrective Exercises

If your child has taken a winter break from sports, getting back into the game might be challenging. Getting him or her prepared can be essential for success and safety. Chiropractic corrective exercises can be performed to bring back maximum movement and mobility if your child had a hiatus from sports during the winter. Live Well Chiropractic Center’s corrective services can help catch issues early on to provide precaution before spring training begins and results throughout your child’s sports season.

Nutritional Support

The components that go into playing sports are more than just athletic performance and staying in shape. Having an optimal nutrition plan is important to a child athlete’s overall health, especially since children and adolescents are still growing. Live Well Chiropractic Center provides a variety of nutritional support that can help your athlete get ready for spring training and stay healthy throughout the sports season.

Beyond a Chiropractor

While physical care from a chiropractor can be imperative for your child this training season, getting your child mentally prepared for a sport is just as important. Make sure to talk to your child about their sports interests to make sure to keep their spring training season both fun and rewarding.

To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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How To Stay Motivated This Winter

How To Stay Motivated This Winter

Whether you exercise outside or at the gym, the struggle to stay motivated during the winter is very real among active people across the country. Many may still be working off their holiday consumption, spending days on the couch covered by a blanket and binge-watching a new favorite show. Even though it’s cold outside, it’s essential to stay active. Try some of these motivational techniques to stay in the game!

Waking Up

Finding the motivation just to get out of bed can be tough, especially when you know it’s warm under your blanket but cold outside. Instead of stumbling to the kitchen for coffee, go directly to the bathroom for a shower. This will likely jolt you into awareness quicker than caffeine.

Weather Appropriate Activewear

If you’re devoted to your workout, there really is no such thing as bad weather. Simply make sure that you’re dressed for the occasion. Many retailers carry attractive winter activewear. If you’re going to the gym and not exercising outside, treat yourself to new workout clothes anyway. A chance to wear your new clothes is just one more reason to go to the gym.

Get a Workout Partner

A workout partner can be the most effective motivator for many people. If you cancel your workout for the sake of warm comfort, you may feel disappointed in yourself a few hours later, but that’s basically where the guilt ends. A workout partner usually presents a secondary level of disappointment. Receiving direct motivation by a second party can help you focus and step away from the couch.

Home Exercise

Ok, so you’re snowed in during a winter weather advisory. The streets aren’t plowed, your car is covered in snow and ice and you literally can’t leave. You’ve got more than enough reason to skip the gym, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely skip your workout. Exercise at home! Beyond possibly having your own modest weight set, exercise bike or treadmill, many home exercise routines are available on YouTube. Give one a try today!

Share Your Tips

Of course, these are only a few of the methods for approaching winter exercises. And at Live Well, we can also help with nutritional support. Do you have a special method that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear it! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and share your tips!

To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682.