Holiday Travel

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Traveling can be rough on your body; especially around the holidays. Here are some quick tips to try and an article by the ACA. 

1.) Warm up and cool down. Sitting for prolonged periods can be hard on your body so just like exercise, stretch before and after. 

2.) Adjust the lumbar support in your car or, if on a plane, roll up pillows to create a lumbar support that follows the natural "S" curve of your spine

3.) Walk up and down the aisles of the plane and stretch. If traveling in a car, take frequent rest stops and stretch. 

Read the full article here.

Add Movement to Your Winter

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This time of year can be rough for those of us that like to get our movement in outdoors. Here are some good ways to add movement into your day when it’s cold and wet outside:

1. Make your meetings walking or standing meetings. Take a stroll with your colleagues around the office while you talk or just stand around the conference table while you meet.

2. Take stretch breaks. Spend 5-10 minutes twice a day stretching out your back, neck, hips, and shoulders. You can bend forward to touch your toes then grab the opposite elbow and gently sway side to side.

3. Foam Roll in the evenings while watching your favorite shows. Even just a few minutes on the foam roller every day will help loosen up tight, stiff muscles.

4. Add incidental movement to your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking your car at the far end of the parking lot.

5. Stand at a counter while you eat your lunch instead of sitting.

6. Walk around while you take your phone calls.

 

Majority in U.S. Say Chiropractic Works for Neck, Back Pain

by Cynthia English and Elizabeth Keating
WELL-BEING

September 8, 2015

Story Highlights

• Two-thirds say chiropractic effective for neck, back pain

• Many adults say chiropractors think of patient’s best interest

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• More than 33 million U.S. adults saw a chiropractor last year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chiropractic care has a positive reputation among many U.S. adults for effective treatment of neck and back pain, with about six in 10 adults either strongly agreeing (23%) or agreeing somewhat (38%) that chiropractors are effective at treating these types of pain.

These findings come from the first-ever nationally representative annual survey of U.S. adults measuring perceptions of and experiences with chiropractic care. Chiropractic care focuses on neurological and musculoskeletal health, and aims to favorably affect overall health and well-being, relieve pain and infirmity, enhance performance, and improve quality of life without drugs or surgery. Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding and largest college of chiropractic in the world, commissioned Gallup to design and conduct this study of 5,442 adults, aged 18 and older, in the U.S.

Read the full article here: 2015 Gallup study on chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a type of integrative health care profession focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders mainly of the spine and extremities.  However, chiropractic care does focus on the body as a whole.  It is a non-invasive approach to healing, typically without the use of pharmaceuticals.

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A chiropractic adjustment, also called a manipulation, is one of the most common procedures completed by a doctor of chiropractic.  The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to manually apply a gentle force into joints that have become restricted in their movement, restoring joint mobility due to tissue injury.  This may be caused by a single traumatic event, such as lifting a heavy object.  It may also be cause by sustained postures such as sitting or standing for long periods of time or by repetitive stresses such as computer work or repetitive lifting.  Joints and surrounding tissues can undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function for people.  Manipulation or a chiropractic adjustment of the affected joints and tissues restores mobility, decreases pain and inflammation, which allows tissues to heal.

What To Expect From Your First Appointment

All of our practitioners are thorough.  They ask questions about your prior, family, and current health history.  The practitioner will then spend time going over your paperwork with you to make sure they have a clear understanding of your health care concerns.  They will proceed with an exam and/or assessment of the areas of concern.  With your permission, they will complete the appropriate treatment, which may include therapeutic exercises and/or nutritional advice.

Call us to schedule your chiropractic appointment.

Calm Mind, Healthy Body

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It is challenging to eat well and have the energy to accomplish our goals if our hormones are out of balance. Likewise, our hormone levels are affected by our diet, sleep patterns, and state of mind. Below are some helpful tips to create a positive mood, stable weight, and increased energy:

*  Ease up on the simple carbs (breads, white pasta, white flour, refined sugars) and gently bump up your tryptophan-rich protein. For vegetarians, protein snacks several times a day might include cottage cheese, nuts & nut butter, cheese, or eggs. Adding colorful veggies and fruits to your meals will release natural sugars into your system more evenly than a quick carby snack.

 Include a daily dose of healthy fats for balancing your mood, such coconut oil, avocado, nut and olive oil.

*  Add B vitamin complex to your daily regimen. B6, in particular, supports the brain’s production of seratonin, melatonin and dopamine, all very necessary hormones for a peaceful state of mind

*  Gentle to moderate exercise each day revs up mood boosting hormones seratonine and dopamine. No time (or money) for the gym? Try adding a yoga, tai chi, or qigong routine during your lunch break to burn calories, relieve stress, strengthen your core muscles and calm the mind.

*  Substitute herbal teas and lemon water for pop and caffeinated ‘power’ drinks. One of my favorite homemade ’soda’ drinks is fresh lemon squeezed into bubbly mineral water with a touch of Stevia, a natural sweetener with 0 calories and safe for diabetics.

*  Make time throughout the day to breathe deep, meditate, pray, or chant/tone. A perfect way to distract the monkey chatter brain, center and ground in the moment, and collect your scattered energies from the sensory- overload world we live in.

*  Before bed give your body a deeply relaxing stretch routine. Find a good book, and dab some pleasant essential oils to your pillow such as vanilla,  lavender, chamomile, wild orange, marjoram, ylang ylang, frankincense, clary sage or whatever appeals to you. Essential oils have an immediate impact on brain chemistry and provide a more comforting sleep state.