Williams Icare Blog

Neck Pain: Not a Life Sentence

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. It’s estimated 100 million people deal with pain on a daily basis, and neck pain is one of the most common ailments after back pain and headaches. Neck pain, or cervical pain, can be caused by several factors and treatment and relief exist and are available at our clinic.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care

We Are Your Trusted Source For Nutritional Supplements

Choosing to supplement your diet with herbals, vitamins, minerals, or other substances has health benefits. Purchasing these supplements elsewhere other than a healthcare facility like ours, or consuming them without doing proper research to ensure their safety and effectiveness can be dangerous. As with everything, the more you know, the better, so we have some information for your consideration.

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Topics: Safety, Medication

When You Need a Chiropractor vs. When You Need a Massage

The human body is a delicate, multi-faceted machine, and when the machine breaks down, it hurts. When your body hurts, it’s time to seek treatment and diagnosis of your symptoms. Options include physical medicine, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. How do you determine what the best course is? If you’re favoring an all-natural approach to treatment and recovery, you might consider a massage or a chiropractic adjustment. Both facilitate healing in regards to your body’s nervous system, but in differing ways. Both methods have a common goal: restored health and wellness.

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Topics: Chiropractic Care, Holistic Health

March Madness – Stay in the Game with Physical Therapy

It’s the week of the Big Dance; the NCAA’s men’s Division I basketball tournament. Each year, an estimated 50 million Americans participate in March Madness office pools. Television networks broadcast each of the 67 games over the course of three weeks, for a total of more 150 hours of live basketball games. For many fans, March Madness is considered another holiday.

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Topics: Exercise, Physical Therapy

Your Fitness Plan: A Progress Check

Believe it or not, it’s been three months since you set your New Year’s resolutions! It’s time to revisit the fitness plan and goals you set for 2015, and determine how you’re doing.

Resolutions are easy to start but the challenge is sustaining them. Most studies show only 40% of people actually stick to their goals to completion. There is no reason to beat yourself up at this point if you’ve failed to maintain your fitness goals; the point of a check-in is to assess what is working for you. Now is the time to regain confidence, find your motivation, and continue down the path of overall health and wellness.

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Topics: Exercise, General Health

Williams Integracare Provider Spotlight: Mark R. Halstrom, M.D.

Meet Mark Halstrom, a Medical Doctor at Williams Integracare Clinic in St. Cloud, MN. Mark joined our team in 2001 and his specialty runs the gamut of family practice. He is trained to deliver babies, administer to senior care, and everything in between. Mark has plenty of emergency room and urgent care experience, which makes him very versatile in the healthcare spectrum.

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Topics: Family Practice, Williams IntegraCare

A Better Understanding of Mental Health

Diabetes, cancer, lupus. These are all types of disease, and oftentimes people feel comfortable talking openly about their personal experiences with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery processes.

Mental illness is a disease too, though it’s a type of disease that often carries a stigma. People don’t always readily admit or accept they have mental illness. Shrouded in mystery and kept under wraps, mental illness seemingly has a taboo connotation that affects 20% of people while research shows 40-75% of its sufferers fail to seek treatment altogether. Mental illness is a condition that can disrupt a person’s day-to-day life, while also impacting feelings, thought process, mood, and interpersonal relations. In short, mental illnesses can leave people with a diminished capacity to cope with life’s everyday demands.

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Topics: Williams IntegraCare, Mental Health

The Importance of a Routine Chiropractic Adjustment

You’ve likely heard the phrase “the backbone of the company/organization/family,” to indicate the integral role a particular person plays within the context. As this saying implies, the actual human backbone is central to everything your body does and experiences. A healthy, well-supported spine goes the distance to support overall wellness, and spine health should be a top priority for everyone. Routine chiropractic adjustments go beyond preventative care and are vital for keeping the body balanced, flexible, and feeling top-notch.

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Topics: Chiropractic Care, Williams IntegraCare

Vaccinate, or Not to Vaccinate – That is the Question

Parents, guardians, and doctors everywhere are all discussing the pros and cons of giving children vaccinations. While vaccinations are deemed one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century, many parents are choosing to opt out of the practice. Vaccines are now mandatory for children enrolling in public schools in all 50 states. However, families can be granted exceptions based on religious beliefs, medical conditions, and even philosophical beliefs in some states. There is much discussion about the benefits of the various vaccinations versus the potential harmful effects; the main points of the argument for each side are discussed below.

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Topics: Child Health Care, Family Practice, Williams IntegraCare

Williams Integracare Provider Spotlight: Carol Brinkman, R.N., C.N.P.

Meet Carol Brinkman, a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Practitioner at Williams Integracare Clinic in St. Cloud, MN. Since joining our team in 2003, Carol has provided primary healthcare to many patients and helps promote, maintain, and restore the health of families and individuals of all ages. Carol has a passion for women’s health across the lifespan and is particularly focused on hormonal issues.

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Topics: Family Practice, Holistic Health, Women's Health