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A s the weather finally starts to inch above a brutal 20 degrees, everyone takes a minute to shake off the winter frost and step outside into the sun. For me, the spring provides an opportunity to finally get out onto the golf course and play the first few holes of the season. Golf has long been one of my favorite pastimes, which makes the beginning of spring one of the most exciting moments of every year. I started golfing back in my teenage years, teaching myself the basics whenever I got a chance to make it out to the local course. After hours spent drilling form on the driving range and the putting green, I developed a working understanding of the fundamentals. But that’s not to say I was great at it. Though I played on the high school golf team, I wasn’t exactly the star performer. Still, I stuck to it. I simply enjoyed being out on the golf course and improving with every swing. After graduating high school, golf sort of slipped by the wayside in my life. My clubs went virtually untouched for 15 years. I’m not sure how it happened, to be honest, but one day later in life, I decided to drag the clubs out of storage and see if I could still hit a decent drive. Lo and behold, it was like riding a bike, and I took to it again almost immediately.

The best part of golf is that it’s all about self-evaluation. You’re constantly in your head, analyzing and tweaking every aspect of your swing. It keeps you focused on the task at hand — everything else disappears from your mind while you’re on the links. In that way, it’s similar to chiropractic work. No matter how experienced and talented you are when making adjustments or running through treatments, there is an entire world of new knowledge out there just waiting for you to explore. Every day, I strive to improve my skills so I can do right by my patients. There’s simply no way you can call yourself a skilled medical professional without staying abreast of the latest techniques and research. Since acquiring South Windsor Neck & Back, it’s been more and more difficult to make it out to the golf course, but I still ensure that I make time for the sport whenever I can. Though I think it’s vital to stay focused on your work and always be striving to increase your level of skill, we also all need to get outside and smell the roses now and then. Right now, I’m on a mission to keep the clubs out of storage as much as possible, and hopefully lower my handicap over the coming months! -Dr. Chris Colby

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The Importance of

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The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home. HowOften Should You Replace Your Air Filter? • Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6–12 months. SUCCESS STORY “I cannot begin to use enough positive superlatives to describe Dr. Colby’s work as a aggravating and lingering injury that was not going away, despite numerous visits to my PCP, an orthopedic surgeon, and a physical therapist. My biggest mistake was not coming to Dr. Colby first. He instantly identified what was going on with my spine and took the time to carefully explain why my body felt the way it did. He instantly whipped up a game plan for treatment and confidently projected that I would begin to see improvement in short order. He has been 100 percent right about everything so far. I am still healing, but the progress I have made is just remarkable. I could not be more grateful for Dr. Colby’s service, and I recommend him to anyone. Whether you are injured, sore, or just want to take good care of your presently healthy body, Dr. Colby is a must-see. His professional demeanor, confident approach, and years of experience have made him someone you can trust, rely on, and go to. He has changed and will continue to change my life, and I can honestly say that going to Dr. Colby was one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Your Utility Room Check out what one of our wonderful clients has to say! chiropractor. I came to Dr. Colby having sustained an

• Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3–6 months. • Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2–3 months. • Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1–2 months. In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

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HOW REGULAR ADJUSTMENTS CAN TRANSFORM YOUR GAME

Chiropractic Care for the Golf Course

While golf is usually seen as a relaxing, easygoing sport, it’s deceptively easy to injure yourself while out on the links. After hundreds of hours hunched over perfecting your swing and thousands of violent twists of your entire back, it’s no surprise that golfers commonly suffer from back pain. Luckily, regular chiropractic care can alleviate persistent aches and pains in your back, restore your enjoyment, and improve your success on the golf course. Professional golfers throughout the PGA agree. In fact, many of the biggest names in the sport argue that chiropractic care is central to their success. “Being a chiropractic patient has really helped me immensely,”Tiger Woods once said. “It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”When Jordan Spieth won the Masters in 2015, he described golf as a team sport, citing the contributions of his caddie,

coach, trainer, and sports chiropractor Dr. Troy Van Beizen, who served on the PGA Tour medical staff for nine years and treated over 145 players. “The golf swing is a unilateral movement that creates imbalances in the body, causing misalignments,” Dr. Van Biezen told ACA Today in 2016. “These misalignments cause decentration of joints, resulting in undue stress and wear and tear.” Regular chiropractic adjustments can curb the damage and pain associated with golf, preventing injury or eliminating it when it occurs. If you’re looking to improve your game and get rid of back pain once and for all, call South Windsor Neck & Back at 860.644.2437 and get the golf swing you deserve! TAKE A BREAK I T W E Y U A P G Z Q T Y W S Y O U I K C A B N S U W P I G W L V B N G D M I P Z X R D C Y P L O P D D K R I B H G O X E S R U O C S K P N C T L O B K Z C B U J J O S A S U I X R T R A I N I N G R L M O M S A E T U L N M R W W N F I U D D W C J W D I F O B Q P L S T Y X L Q V I D L N F D D O O F H C O L B Y B R C I A L H N G M S Y N T M P Y Q L Z H J N G O V Y C J U O C E J D Q E S G T E R M V D D L X A D C M U O Z V O G L A K V R W K Q Z U W O

Creamy

Rice Pudding

Ingredients

1/2 cup white sugar

4 cups whole milk

1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/2 cup Arborio rice

1/8 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup raisins

Directions

mixture out of the saucepan, trying to get as much liquid as possible. Slowly mix the rice-milk mixture into the eggmixture, whisking continuously until the ladle is empty. Repeat until there is about 1 1/2 cups of warm liquid in the eggmixture. Then pour the warmed egg liquid into the rice-milk mixture. Return saucepan tomedium-low heat. Stir until a dime-sized bubble breaks the surface of the pudding. If pudding is thick and slightly viscous, it’s ready. If it’s too thin, continue cooking and stirring continuously until mixture thickens. Put raisins in the bottomof a medium-large bowl. Pour mixture into bowl over raisins and let stand for about 5 minutes. Mix and then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

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Rinse a large saucepan with cold water. While still moist, heat milk over mediumheat, stirring regularly. Whenmilk begins to boil, stir in rice and continue to stir. Whenmixture returns to boil, reduce heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. While mixture is simmering, whisk together cream, sugar, yolks, vanilla, and salt in small container. Set aside. After mixture has simmered for 30 minutes, begin stirring every 5 minutes. With each stir, test the rice; you want it to be tender. Once rice is done, remove saucepan fromheat and re-whisk the eggmixture. Then, ladle the rice-milk

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Dusting Off My Golf Clubs

Spring Clean Your Utility Room Success Story

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Why Pro Golfers Depend on Chiropractors

Creamy Rice Pudding

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What It Takes to Become a Chiropractor

One question many people seem to have about chiropractors concerns the amount of schooling required in order to practice. It wasn’t too long ago that some people referred to chiropractors as quacks or the practice as an incomplete or unnecessary healing discipline. Today, times have changed, and people from all walks of life utilize chiropractic care. Still, the educational requirements for chiropractors remain a mystery to many. Chiropractors go through extensive schooling to become licensed, which enables them to treat a wide range of health issues effective and safely. In fact, in order to become a chiropractor, you are required to meet some of the most stringent educational requirements of any health care profession. Most chiropractors have already taken close to four years of pre-med undergraduate courses before they even apply to chiropractic college. Chiropractors Receive? BECOMING AN EXPERT ON THE SPINE WHAT TRAINING DO

time learning the hands-on adjusting techniques that later become a big part of their practices. A chiropractor has no room for error when recommending a treatment path and adjusting a patient’s spine, so training must be detailed. The complete educational curriculum for chiropractors in South Windsor includes minimum classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience of 4,200 hours. The accrediting agency that approves the courses is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and has been for the last 25 years. When you seek an experienced chiropractor, you can be confident that you’re in the hands of a professional with thousands of hours of experience on cases just like your own. Far from being quacks, chiropractors meet training requirements equal to or greater than that of their peers in the medical field. When undergoing chiropractic treatment, you can trust that your pain and injury will be addressed carefully and attentively.

Then, if they’re accepted into an accredited chiropractic school, the really demanding work begins. They work 4–5 academic years, which includes a lot of

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