According to the National Sleep Foundation, 35% of Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair,” and 20% of Americans reported that they did not wake up feeling refreshed on any of the past seven days. But the amount and quality of sleep we get has a direct effect on our overall lifelong health. So how do you ensure you’re getting a good night’s rest?Read More
We wait all winter for those first blooms of spring. But many have difficulty enjoying the nice weather and beautiful foliage due to seasonal allergies. While over-the-counter medications are the solution for some, some find relief and improvement with Acupuncture treatment.Read More
This week we’re highlighting some key benefits of our services that you may not be aware of. If you’re wondering if acupuncture, chiropractic or massage might be for you, here are just a few ways in which these modalities improve people’s lives.Read More
Most of us are familiar with tendons and ligaments, but haven’t heard of another form of connective tissue: fascia. This dynamic web of connective tissue runs throughout our entire body and may be the cause of a high percentage of pain and motion restriction.Read More
If you suffer from chronic headaches, you are not alone. Chiropractic treatments can help keep you medicine- and headache-free for the long-term.Read More
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are promoting the benefits of movement to overall health as well as the prevention of back pain during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October. This year’s theme, “Move 4 Life,” encourages people to move more now so they will be able to move better later and avoid chronic and painful conditions associated with sedentary lifestyles.
The ACA offers additional information on how to get and stay moving:
Good nutrition, ergonomic workspaces and proper lifting and movement techniques can go a long way in helping people to strengthen their spines and avoid disabling injuries and chronic back pain, which often prevent regular physical activity.
Consider weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, which help maintain bone density over a lifetime and keep our skeletal bones healthy and strong.
When busy schedules are the obstacle, a re-examination of personal priorities is sometimes necessary to restore balance in life; make time for healthy habits such as physical activity.
Back pain is one of the most common conditions for which prescription opioids are prescribed. It was once believed that pain medication and bed rest were the best course of action for low back pain, but research today supports first trying non-drug options for pain management, while remaining as active as possible, before moving on to other options.
Doctors of chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care and pain relief that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The pain experienced post-surgery can last several months. Research has shown that massage therapy can help alleviate that pain and therefore improve sleep, mood, and overall health.
Massage soon after surgery can improve pain management not just around the surgery area. As people compensate for the pain at the surgery site, other muscles and tissue get tighter and move less easily causing additional aggravation. Your Massage Therapist can help soothe those tighter places and get the blood flowing to promote healing.
In addition to helping speed the physical healing process, massage therapy can help promote mental healing by decreasing stress and anxiety around the post-surgical process. When you are less anxious about healing, it's easier for your body to concentrate on getting better.
No, that's not a clever way to discuss the current weather patterns in Portland. Warming up prior to you work out or exercise routine and cooling down after are just as important as your activity.
Warming up increases the temperature of your muscles for increased flexibility and mobility. It also dilates your blood vessels to increase oxygen flow throughout the body. A warm up slowly raises your heart rate and reduces stress on your heart. When you include a stretch in your warm up you increase range of motion and mobility in your joints preventing injury. Warm up for at least 5-10 minutes doing a similar activity to the one you have planned (walk before a run).
Cooling down allows your heart rate to come down gradually and your blood vessels to contract so you don't pass out or feel sick. Including a stretch in your cool down will help the build up of lactic acid (known for soreness and stiffness) in your muscles. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds and don't bounce.
Including these in your summer activities will help improve your overall health.
During the month of June, we bring awareness to men's health issues. There are several key factors and things you can do to participate and help yourself (or the men in your lives).
Get screened! HPV also affects men and most men never know they have it, but it can cause cancer. 1 in 2 men get cancer in their lifetime; for women it's 1 in 3. Regular check ups with your doctor can help keep you healthy and disease free.
June 15th is wear blue day to show support for men's health awareness. Wear blue to show your support and spread awareness about preventable diseases and early detection in men and boys.
The Mayo Clinic recently released a study about the health benefits of adding massage and acupuncture to your healing plan. The study found that not only is massage beneficial for pain relief, but with the therapist's hands on approach, they may be able to feel areas of pain not otherwise recognized. It also found that acupuncture can have similar benefits. When the acupuncturist is palpating to find sensitive areas, they may be able to find additional areas of soreness or other abnormalities and discuss them with the patient's physician.