It’s 2017 – let’s make it your best year ever!

Health-E-News January 2017
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Boost Your Youth With These Top Exercises

As your body ages, it can become harder to keep your physical health in check and to keep your energy up. The good news is no matter what age you are, exercise will offer you health benefits without spending any money or a great deal of time.

All you need to do is dedicate a small amount of time each day to the right exercises and your body will feel the results whether it’s an increase in energy, weight loss, muscle strengthening, or flexibility. Take a look at the exercises that will offer you these physical benefits, as well as reducing the likelihood of age-related diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, that you can do right in your own home, at a local class, or with a friend in the park.

Cardio

One of the most important exercises you can do throughout your life, but especially once you hit 40 years old, is cardio exercise. This is the best heart-healthy exercise you can do and it’s not hard to find a way to incorporate it into your day.

Start parking at the back of the lot and walking farther to get to the grocery store entrance. Take a nightly walk before dinner and find time to enjoy activities like bike rides, jogs, and hikes. If you love to run or swim, this is the perfect way to get your cardio exercise in, whether it’s at the gym or in your neighborhood.

Yoga

Have you ever tried yoga? It may be the perfect time to start. This ancient exercise originated in India in the sixth century to help with energy levels, stress management, and flexibility. It’s one of those exercises that can be done just about anywhere and most people will enjoy it giving you the perfect excuse to do it in a social way.

Strength Training

Sometimes lifting some weights and doing the right stretches is the most important way to give your body a break from all of the variations of cardio you’ve been doing. Make sure you take the time to tone your body in order to see better results in your other workouts.

Strength training can be simple with light weights from 1lb – 5lbs and can increase as your muscles get used to the weight. Since your muscles will naturally diminish as you age, it’s important that you make this a priority. You can strength train through lifting weights, doing push-ups, doing lunges, and more.

Tai Chi

If you’re looking for something out of the box, Tai chi is a great choice for those that like the idea of martial arts-type movements. This is a gentle exercise that offers excellent benefits, such as improved mental focus, increased balance, and reduced blood pressure. Work with a trainer and start learning the art of Tai Chi, originally a martial art, with great health benefits.

Other options

You can also delve into the art of Pilates, designed by Joseph Pilates, to work out the whole body at once. It’s a great exercise for improving your strength and flexibility without stressing out your muscles too much.

Try out Corrective Training if you suffer from joint pain, muscle imbalances, or even posture issues. You’ll do more of those lunges, squats, pushing and pulling like you would in strength training. Lastly, you can even use this time in your life to take up stand-up paddle boarding, especially if you love the idea of exercising on the water.
Don’t call it quits on your physical health as you hit your 40’s and older. It’s the most important time to keep your physical health in check and reap the benefits of doing so!

 

Text neck – new name for an old problem

Scholar’s neck, reader’s neck, and text neck all mean the same thing – a forward head posture (FHP). This is what occurs when the head is anterior to the vertical line of the body’s center of gravity. An easy way to measure this is by having someone look at where your ear is in relation to your shoulder; if your shoulder is right under your ear, then you have no FHP. However, if your ear is forward of your shoulder, this FHP can place a fair amount of stress on your spine.

An average of 2-4 hours per day is spent by most people with their heads tilted to read either books or smart phones. This means a person can accumulate 700-1400 hours a year of loading their spine in a damaging way. On the upper end of the spectrum is high school students and adolescents who may spend up to 5000 hours a year with this type of neck posture. This tilting of the head can increase the progression of a FHP and the many secondary ailments that accompany this problem, as well as change the structure of the spine – reducing the natural curve and thus changing the way the spine is loaded.

Having the head sit in front of the body allows for abnormal load to be placed on the cervical vertebrae, disks, tendons, and ligaments of the neck. After a while, the body adds more bone to this area in an attempt to handle the increased abnormal load, which can cause pain due to the degenerated disks and bone on bone contact. A FHP will lead to wear, tear, and degeneration of the many structures in the neck.

Other negative effects that may arise from a FHP include increased tension on the spinal cord, flattening of the small blood vessels of the neck, permanent changes in the curvature of the neck, changes in the way sensory information is received, and altering the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). By affecting the flow of CSF, a whole other cascade of problems may arise because CSF is what helps circulate nutrients and chemicals as well as remove waste from structures in the central nervous system. Altering this flow can have a negative impact on the ability of the brain to function and may also change the structure of the spine itself.

In order to prevent the many negative consequences of FHP, it is important to ensure the spine is being cared for by restoring the natural curvature and reducing FHP as much as possible. Chiropractic can help reduce and prevent a FHP by adjusting the spine in order to return or maintain the natural curvature. This will in turn limit any abnormal loads placed on the spine and other structures of the neck, provide optimal flow of CSF throughout the spine, and allow for the best signalling possible between the central nervous system and the body.

Tully, G. (2016). Forward Head Posture and Decreased Lordotic Curvature of the Cervical Spine – The Potential Sequelae of Abnormal Alignment. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation, 2016(3), 21-24.

 

What You Should Know About Good Fats and Stress

You may be the type to shop at the grocery store for your favorite snacks that say they are “low-fat” and you feel good about finding a way to keep your diet in check while enjoying your favorite foods. What does it mean when something is “low-fat?” It likely means that they’ve reduced the content of good fast just to replace them with more sugar, something your body definitely doesn’t want.

What most people don’t realize is that fats aren’t the problem; it’s the sugars, high calories, carbohydrates, and the list of ingredients on the box that are filling your body with chemicals in order to lower that fat content.

While it may be a new concept for many, it’s important to get good fats into your diet, specifically to help with energy levels, to protect your organs, and to keep your body warm. Now another study is showing that filling your diet with the wrong things is going to affect how you handle stress. Take a look at the relationship between good fats and combatting stress.

Understanding good fats vs. bad fats

It’s first important to understand what makes a fat good or bad. Good fats and bad fats are compared by their substance of being solid vs. liquid. When you come across a fat that can be solid when it reaches room temperature, such as butter or lard, you’ve come across a bad fat that is made of trans fats which increase cholesterol.
These types of fats are filled with hydrogen to make them solid at room temperature. Compare that to a fat that is liquid at room temperature and now you have your goo fats. You should make 20%-30% of your calories coming from good fats which should include fats that your body doesn’t produce often, including nuts, plant-based oil, seeds, and fish, the “polyunsaturated fats.” This is a great way to combat cholesterol levels.

How fats and stress are related

Studies have been done to compare the effects of these various fights on women in their effort to fight stress. It turns out that the higher fat meals with higher calories, such as a Big Mac and fries, which is filled with bad saturated fats, struggled to burn as many calories when dealing with stress than women who eat a similar meal made with good fats.

Where to find good fats to fight stress

If you’ve made the decision to stick to the good fats, you may be wondering where to find them at the grocery store. You can find it in various stops around the store, from the produce section to the pantry goods. Stock up on blueberries, the fruit full of antioxidants that help combat stress. Grab avocado for more good fats that will help you combat overeating.

Grab plenty of salmon to make sure you are getting your omega-3 fatty acids which will decrease the effects of stress. Seeds like sunflower, flaxseed, and pumpkin will make a great snack this week to get you the magnesium you need to regulate emotions. Lastly, grab yogurt for breakfast and some dark chocolate for an afternoon pick-me-up and you’ll find more sources of good fats that help with your stress levels. The goal is to find foods that help balance your emotions and keep you feeling full, the keys to fighting stress.

The link between good fats and stress is that these good fats make stress easier to handle which will affect all areas of your life. Start choosing the good fats and cut bad fats out of your diet for better results!

 

Chiropractic and an improved quality of life go hand in hand.

The case of a 36-year old male undergoing chiropractic care highlights the importance of nervous system maintenance and the lifestyle changes that may accompany such care. He came into the clinic suffering from stress, headaches, eye pain, left leg pain for 14 years, feelings of depression, and a loss of interest in daily life. Years of sub-optimal lifestyle choices included alcoholism, smoking, lack of exercise, a diet full of caffeine, sugar, and fried foods, and a reliance on over the counter pain killers for gastrointestinal pains.

The patient received adjustments for an 11 month period, which focused on the subluxations around the upper cervical, mid thoracic, and pelvis. Following care it was reported that he was pain free and no longer relied on medication. In addition to the physical change, the client noted improved personal and occupational relationships and a better outlook on life. Many spontaneous life changes also took place during his time under chiropractic care such as the cessation of smoking, the uptake of regular exercise, better nutritional choices, and beginning relaxation exercises.

Removing vertebral subluxations is an important component of restoring nerve health and removing nerve system inference, which will lead to an enhancement in health and well-being. Beyond the correction of subluxations, other important components of wellness such as the psychological, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical can impact health. Taking that into account, partaking in health-enhancing activities in each domain would allow someone to achieve optimal well-being. It has been said that a healthy person makes healthier choices; which may only take small changes overtime until they become habits of improving health.

Pauli, Y. (2006). Quality of Life Improvements and Spontatneous Lifestyle Changes in a Patient Undergoing Subluxation-Centered Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation, 2006, 1-15.

 

 

 

 

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Powerful way to boost your immune system and tips to beat holiday stress

Health-E-News December 2016
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What Might Be Lurking in your Antibacterial Soap?

You can’t have a clean home without anti-bacterial cleaning products and soaps, right? Actually, it turns out that not only is your anti-bacterial soap is not the best option for sanitizing your skin, but it’s full of tons of active ingredients that aren’t good for you. When you start to read the labels of your anti-bacterial soap, you’ll start to notice a trend: you can’t pronounce any of the ingredients!

That’s likely because these ingredients are harmful, synthetic, and should be nixed right away. If your ingredient list is like reading a novel with words you can barely pronounce, it’s time to rethink what you’re putting on your body. It’s time to switch to natural soaps with ingredients you’re already using in your house. Take a look at what types of things on found in the antibacterial soap you have been using.

What is triclosan?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking notice of the use of triclosan, a prime ingredient found in most hand soaps. According to the FDA, this common hand soap ingredient and over a dozen others are now going to be banned because of their harmful effects.

If you think about how long you’ve been using these products, it can be disturbing to realize that these are now being banned by the US FDA when you’ve already applied them to your skin for many years. Triclosan and other harmful ingredients found in antibacterial soaps are HELPING bacteria to grow!

Understanding the harm in antibacterial soap

It’s important to look at what could be causing bacteria to grow from using antibacterial soap. Apparently over time, the triclosan and other ingredients are making the bacteria more resistant, which leads to mutation and growth. In addition, triclosan is harming the environment when it reaches lakes, streams, soil, and dust in the environment from going down your drain. 

Not only is it hurting you, but it’s hurting nature and turning into a dangerous dioxin, similar to a chemical pesticide. For these reasons, it only makes sense that the FDA would ban it from antibacterial soaps.

The good news and the bad news

The good news now is that the FDA is putting a stop to all of this right away, effective the first of the year for 2017, and your family and nature will be able to stay safe from getting this into your home in the future.

Hand soap will be changing their ingredients and other, regular soaps with water are just as effective as brands that spout having antibacterial agents. Now that the harmful chemicals are going to be avoided by the public, hand soaps can start to feature healthier ingredients to keep families safe around the country.

The bad news is that some companies have started replacing the banned triclosan with other ingredients that are actually just as harmful when combined together. While you may not see triclosan on that scary, long list of ingredients, there may be other ingredients listed that you don’t recognize that are just as harmful. The best way to defeat this problem is to stick with organic, natural brands that are using ingredients you’ve actually heard of and you can read the list of ingredients in just a few seconds.

After studying antibacterial soaps since the 70’s, the FDA has finally declared that the active ingredients such as triclosan and 18 others found in these soaps are harmful to people and the environment. With the ban of these ingredients taking place next year, it’s important going forward to choose soaps with ingredients that you recognize before choosing a new brand for your family’s daily use.

 

Do you know anyone who has experienced or is currently experiencing vertigo? Chiropractic can help.

Vertigo and dizziness are one of the most common reasons for consultation and referral to specialist care. Vertigo is categorized as a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) clump up in canals of the inner ear. The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity. Thus when the signal is interrupted, it will lead to BPPV.

 A 33-year-old female with BPPV presented to her chiropractor following a failed Epley maneuver, which is performed by the patient’s otolaryngologist (ENT) to help alleviate the symptoms of BPPV. She was prescribed medication, but refused to take it because she was nursing.

Chiropractic care of the patient began during the patient’s most severe episode of BPPV, even making her unable to drive to her appointment. Adjusting techniques were administered, along with cranial adjustments, manual therapy, and massage. Within three visits, the patient was able to drive herself to her visits and her symptoms had greatly improved. By the 14th visit, the patient presented symptom-free.

Stone-McCoy, P., & Taylor, C. (2016). The Resolution of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) in a 33-Year-Old Female Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Report & Selective Review of Literature. Annals of Vertebral subluxation Research, (3) 84-91.

 

Take the Stress Out of the Holidays With these 5 Techniques

Are you feeling the pressure of the holidays already? With Thanksgiving and the wild Black Friday behind us, it’s officially crunch time before Christmas and immediately following, New Year’s Eve. Whether you celebrate these holidays or not, you are likely going to get together with loved ones at some point over this holiday season and while it’s an exciting reunion, it also comes with its own stress from the change of pace.

You have to plan out and help cook meals, potentially host visitors in your home, provide gifts to your family, and decorate your home to set the mood for the celebrations. It can get overwhelming in a hurry, especially if you are already busy with life’s daily activities of work, staying healthy, family and children, and other commitments.

You can get through the holidays with little to no stress by following a few tips that will help you keep the stress in check. Take a look at these five techniques to take the stress out of your holiday celebrations.

Put your devices away

It may seem like the perfect time to share your holiday photos on social media, check out your friends’ updates, and stay in touch during this social month. Really what you should do is put the devices away and enjoy the company you’re with in the present.

All of the notifications, text messages, and phone calls are just going to distract you from relaxing with the company you’re with. Instead, turn off the gadgets and check in at a later time. You might find that your New Year’s resolution is to take time away from your devices on a more regular basis because of the stress reduction it allows.

Enjoy the party

Whether you are hosting or attending, sometimes that loud music you love is the perfect way to de-stress. You can put it on while you clean and decorate the house, while hosting dinner, or while attending another party. You’ll find that you may start to feel the music and your blood flow will increase while you feel calmer than ever.

Laugh with your loved ones

If you are worried about how the interactions will go, come up with an activity that will encourage laughter and fun. The best medicine to stress right now is laughter, and a great way to encourage it is through funny games, hilarious Christmas sweaters, and nights out enjoying a comedy show. Make this the time to laugh a little more because you’ll need it!

Give yourself a break

If you’re naturally a perfectionist, let this be the time of year that you give yourself a break. You already have more on your plate than normal with decorating the house, selecting and wrapping gifts, and attending holiday parties with family, friends, colleagues, and more. This is the time to avoid trying to strive for perfection and instead, realizing that the company around you doesn’t care about the details. Be willing to slow down some, cut down on the amount of projects you had planned, and try to enjoy the ride.

Exercise and rest

Lastly, believe it or not, this is the time to incorporate more physical exercise and more relaxation. The exercise will put you in a great mood and make you stronger for all of the work that’s ahead. Try jazzercise or another fun workout like a sleigh ride with the kids and watch as your mood boosts all day long.

On the other hand, it’s the perfect month to take a 4-day weekend before the festivities to let your body and mind relax and re-cooperate. Get the house ready, the decorations up, the parties planned, the gifts wrapped, and then take a mini vacation before attending all of these events. You’ll look and feel refreshed during all of these exciting gatherings that will allow you to make memories for a lifetime.

These five techniques are a sure way to take the stress out of your holiday season.

 

Chiropractic Care Boost the Immune System

If you’ve ever wondered about better ways to improve your immune system and avoid getting ill, you’re not alone. Many are looking for that trick or magic potion to keep them from getting sick, especially as we approach flu season. While many are getting their annual flu shot and overloading the hand sanitizer at the office, others have learned that it’s actually the perfect time to start making visits to the chiropractor. 

If you were worried about stopping into the chiropractor while recovering from a cold, don’t cancel your appointment; this is the perfect way to heal yourself from an illness more quickly. If you want to feel better from an illness you are struggling with or you want to try to avoid getting sick this season, start making regular chiropractic care a top priority as it actually boosts your immune system that fights off illness. 

How chiropractic care boosts your immune system

While chiropractor care is about giving your body the adjustment it needs, it’s actually benefiting your immune system at the same time. When your spine is adjusted and nerve interference is removed, a term known as subluxation, it’s helping to regulate your autonomic nervous system. 

Why does subluxation happen, causing nerve interference? This can happen from something as serious as a physical trauma or as simple as toxins in the environment or your food. It can even happen from your own thoughts, emotions, or stress. These issues cause interference which means your central nervous system won’t be able to function at full capacity. 

Why you need to get to the chiropractor now

Have you ever gone to the chiropractor to treat an issue and then found out that it’s being caused by something completely different? Since the brain, nerves, spinal cord, and a few other elements of your nervous system are controlling your other systems, it’s important to keep this system in check. If you go to the chiropractor for pain, you are likely having adjustments made that will help your nervous system which in turn, corrects the pain you came in for and potentially many other issues. 

You don’t want to deal with a nervous system that is not functioning properly since it communicates to the rest of the body. Having a nervous system that is out of whack could impact the rest of your body negatively. Getting to the chiropractor to keep this system in check is the best way to avoid negative effects on the rest of your body, especially when illness strikes. This has been proven time and time again, with patients as young as children getting treated for ear infections, ADD, seizures, and more through chiropractic care. 

Make the chiropractor your priority this cold and flu season

With the nervous system and immune system being linked so closely, it makes sense that your immune system won’t be running at top speed when your nervous system is damaged or infected. Your body wants the immune system to help with the healing during a sickness but can’t if your nervous system is running poorly. Fortunately, having chiropractic care will boost your immunity through regular adjustments. 

Chiropractors have been shown to improve immunity in those who get regular adjustments, to help patients get extra enzymes which can fight environmental exposures to toxins, and to help HIV positive patients through regular adjustments which can increase number of CD4 cells, the cells that are attacked from the disease. Studies have shown cases of increased enzymes in chiropractic patients which help resist environmental exposures making it a great idea to get adjustments during cold and flu season.

What is the best way to prepare yourself for cold and flu season? Make an appointment with us and boost your immune system through regular chiropractor care this winter.

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Do you need a pillow? Can Chiropractic help scoliosis?

Health-E-News November 2016
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Should you Ditch Your Pillow?

One of the best parts of falling asleep at night is snuggling up to your favorite pillow. For some, it’s the fluffy part of the bed that their head can sink into, while for others, they prefer something a bit firmer for better posture throughout the night. If you’ve ever woken up with back pain or neck pain, you’ve likely considered that you have chosen the wrong pillow for your body.

Waking up with stiffness in your neck, shoulders, or back is an unpleasant feeling and makes it difficult to go back to sleep in the middle of the night or a challenge to get up in the morning to start the day. While the cause could be physical issues or your choice in mattress, in many cases it’s actually the pillow causing the problem. Take a look at why many are actually choosing to ditch their pillow instead.

What does nature have to say about it?

To begin, it’s important to remember that you weren’t born using a pillow. Infants and toddlers are not using pillows and yet adults have adapted to expect a pillow for a comfortable night’s sleep. Even in nature, the only animal using a pillow under their head to sleep is the human, while no other animals require a prop to sleep.

How pillows got their start

While it’s always important to look at why we do the things we do that affect our health, sometimes it can help to look at where things started and how they have evolved. Pillows were actually used first by the ancient Mesopotami or modern day Iraq around 9,000 years ago.

Oddly enough, it wasn’t anything soft like we use today; they were using pillows made of wood or stone to offer support and elevation for the head. Rather than using a pillow for comfort like we do today, they were creating a way to elevate their heads to avoid insects crawling into their ears and the wealthy wanted a way to prevent anything from happening to their elaborate hairdos. It eventually became a status symbol for the affluent to own more than one pillow.

Eventually, people in Europe ran with the idea and added a soft option with the help of Roman and Greek cultures. Only the wealthiest had pillows and they were shown off as decoration before eventually turning into something everyone could get. Today, it has become a modern necessity that we can’t live without despite its start as something many didn’t own.

Should I be using a pillow?

While it functions nicely as a sleep aid, many are choosing ones that are too big, too thick, and too fluffy to be healthy. While these are beautiful and comfortable, they aren’t working well with our physical bodies and can affect the spine. An overly fluffy pillow can be tolerated on the side, but laying on the back can cause the head to move into strange positions which hurts the neck muscles and the health of the spine.

Since the best sleep position is on the back with the head held in a neutral position, the verdict is that no pillow would be the healthiest way to sleep. Only a small amount of neck support would need used which could be done with a rolled up towel. This small cushion will help with the natural curve of the cervical spine without being as drastic as a regular pillow. Your regular pillow would not be able to cradle the head right which means your cervical spine is bending forward.

If you are a side sleeper, the pillow only needs to be as thick as your shoulder while your head and neck would need to be in a neutral position, accomplished by the firmness of the pillow. Using your arm may be the best solution if you can’t find a neutral position for your head using different pillow options.  If you still don’t want to part with a regular pillow, you can use it between your legs to keep your hips and thighs in a neutral position while you sleep.

If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of ditching the pillow, you may just need to retrain your head and neck on proper posture while sleeping. Use these tips to make sure you are sleeping with the proper pillow for your health.

If you are confused about which pillow is best for you, ask us.

 

Keeping Concussions to a Minimum in Young Athletes

When you are a parent of a child that is interested in sports, you are likely excited about the new life skills and development that is bound to happen for your child through the experience. On the flip side, you may be worried about the potentials dangers associated with playing sports, including the time-commitment and more seriously, the injuries.

You can’t deny that there is a change of injury in any sport and that the time commitment involved will affect other areas of life, from homework to family time. For most parents, the risks are minimal enough and the benefits of playing sports are high enough to want to have their children included in a team.

One of the best things parents can do for their young athletes is to be proactive to avoid serious injuries such as concussions in order to keep the risk at a minimum. From incorporating the “buddy system” to wearing the right gear, here are some tips for young athletes to make sure you are keeping the likelihood of a concussion to a minimum.

What causes a concussion?

There is nothing worse than experiencing a bang to the head during a contact sport whether it’s from another player or hitting the ground. Even with a helmet, there are times that physical activity can be enough to cause a concussion.brain-bandage

Those young athletes that are very involved in contact sports are more likely to end up with a concussion, which is essentially your brain shaking and rolling inside the skull. Having the brain jarred inside the skull from a fall or blow to the head is how a concussion occurs, leading to physical symptoms of headaches, changes in mood, and disruptions in sleep. The only way to minimize the possibility is to be educated on concussions and to take precautions with your young athletes.

Be proactive

It’s important that you start being proactive with your young athletes when it comes to concussion risks and safety measures. For example, having your children get involved with a “buddy system” will allow you to put your fears at ease knowing that your child will have a teammate to report to when experiencing any symptoms of a concussion.

This teammate would then report to your child in the event that he or she is experiencing concussion-like symptoms including any blows to the head, dizziness, and light-headedness. This “buddy system” would make it easier for your children and the other young athletes to get the assistance of an adult, coach, or teacher if a potential concussion has occurred.

Another way your young athletes can be proactive is to start wearing all of the appropriate gear. If you have been putting off purchasing a helmet or you are wearing one that is too big, it’s time to get the appropriate size and fit for your child. A helmet isn’t going to stop concussions from happening, but they can definitely protect your child from serious head injuries and reduce the chance of a concussion.

Along with the right gear, it’s important that your child and the other athletes are playing far, practicing good sportsmanship, and tackling properly through training. Strengthening the neck during training will also help to reduce injuries, but having proper instruction in the contact sport is the most important part.

Lastly, your young athletes need to be just as educated as you are when it comes to concussions. Understanding the causes of concussions will help your children to play safer with other teammates and to protect themselves.

Learning the symptoms of a concussion and having a teammate to talk to if symptoms occur will make it easier to get help right away in the event that one takes place. Have your child work with coaches on instructions, teammates on proper tackling, and a physician for communication on physical health and recognizing concussion symptoms.

While it may cause parents fear to have their children involved in a contact sport, the benefits of being a part of a team should outweigh the risks. Keep your child educated, aware, and proactive to reduce the chances of concussions during their time in sports.

 

A Drug-Free Way for Pregnant Women to Relieve Sciatic Pain

Pregnancy comes with plenty of joy, but it can also come with plenty of pain. Many pregnant women experience nerve pain throughout the legs, which is known as sciatica.

The largest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve, which runs under the uterus and down the legs. As the baby begins to develop, it may put pressure on this nerve, which may cause pain, muscle tension, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Relieving sciatic pain doesn’t have to involve taking prescription drugs. Here are a few ways pregnant women can relieve this pain without drugs.

Stretching

The right stretches will help to relieve your sciatic pain during pregnancy. This is, of course, a natural solution and perfect for women trying to avoid nasty pain-killing drugs. Some of the stretches best suited for sciatic pain include:

  • Hip Flexor Stretch – Start by kneeling on the floor. Then, step one foot in front of your body and shift your weight forward. You should feel the stretch in the back of your hip.
  • Seated Piriformis Stretch – Start by sitting on a chair and putting one ankle on the opposite knee. Then, lean forward and feel the stretch in your backside.
  • Table Stretch – Start by putting your hands on the table and leaning forward. Then, pull your hips away from the table to feel the stretch in your back.

Yoga Poses

Another great choice for relieving sciatic pain during pregnancy is yoga poses. There are several poses perfect for helping to stretch the back and areas most likely to suffer from sciatic pain. Some of the best yoga poses include:

  • Pigeon Pose
  • King Pigeon Hip Stretch
  • Simple Seated Twist
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch
  • Standing Twist
  • Cobra Pose

Most of these poses can be performed on a floor mat or with a table or chair. Be careful with yoga when you’re pregnant. The wrong poses may cause issues or you or the baby and could cause even more pain. Avoid any deep twists, backbends or poses asking you to lie on your back.

Chiropractic Care

If you’ve tried stretching and it has only helped a little bit with your sciatic pain, it may be time to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors have the ability to adjust your body so that it can better heal itself. Chiropractic care for sciatic nerve pain provides a non-invasive, drug-free alternative treatment.

Other natural ways to treat sciatic pain in when you’re pregnant include:

  • Lie on the opposite side of the pain
  • Avoid standing for long periods
  • Don’t lift anything heavy
  • Swimming
  • Heat/cold packs on the area
  • Elevating one foot

 

Chiropractic Care Can Slow Down Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Progression

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis can be associated with headaches, breathing and pain throughout the body including back, neck, hip and knee pain. If you suffer from any or multiple of these scoliosis related symptoms, chiropractic care can help. 

About 1-3% of children between the ages of 10-16 are affected by AIS. It is usually defined as a lateral curve of the spine that is bigger than 10 degrees, as well as rotation of the vertebra. While a typical spine will represent a straight line, those with scoliosis can expect to see more of an “S” or “C” shape in an x-ray. While there is no definitive cause for scoliosis, many factors including bone abnormality at birth, abnormal muscles or nerves can play a role in idiopathic scoliosis. 

A 21 year old female went to see the chiropractor for the first time and complained of back pain. She noted that walking or standing more than an hour increased her pain and when asked about the sit of pain, she pointed to her lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine regions. 

She was advised to begin chiropractic care 3 times a week for the first 3 months, then 2 times a week for the following 3 months. Her treatment plan consisted of adjustments, traction and exercise in order to reduce the forward head posture, and essentially improve the lateral curvatures in her spine.

After her first 3 months of care, her thermal scan showed improvements and her pain scale reduce from the initial 4/10 to 0/10. Her results showed a reduction in progression of structural and postural changes of her spine. Overall, her physical pain, postural, structural and quality of life was improved after just a few moths of chiropractic care. 

Nektalov, B. (2012, March 22). Improvement in a Patient with Scoliosis Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Maternal & Family Health, 31-37.

If you suffer from symptoms associated with scoliosis, know that there are numerous studies that display that there are benefits of chiropractic care to help those who suffer from scoliosis.

 

 

 

 

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5 Proven Benefits of Chiropractic Care, and Superfoods You Need To Eat

Health-E-News October 2016
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5 Proven Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Going to a chiropractor may be scary for some. Getting an adjustment may seem a bit unnatural, but it’s actually very natural. Instead of treating pain with drugs and surgery (the unnatural options), you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care.

In many cases, chiropractors may help you avoid surgery altogether and provide a more natural way of treating pain in the body. Here’s a quick look at five of the top benefits and the research to support them.

Relief of Sciatica

Treating sciatica and the symptoms related to it can be rather difficult with just physical therapy. The European Spine Journal published the results of a clinical trial, which proved chiropractic adjustments are successful in treating sciatica. The study showed a 72% success rate compared to just a 20% success rate for those treated with physical therapy and a 50% success rate for those treated with corticosteroid injections.

Headache Pain Relief

Whether you suffer from migraines or tension headaches, chiropractic care may be the answer. More than 230 peer-reviewed articles have been published referencing how chiropractic treatment can help to cure and prevent headaches and migraines.

One study showed that 22% of those using chiropractic treatments for headaches saw the attacks drop by 90%. The same study showed that 49% of those survey said they have a significant reduction in the intensity of the pain.

Lower Blood Pressure

George Bakris published a study in 2007 about how chiropractic care affects blood pressure. He compared it to two different drugs used to lower blood pressure. His study showed those receiving chiropractic care saw a greater reduction in blood pressure compared to those in the placebo and the drug groups.

Other studies have shown similar results. Some have even shown that patients’ blood pressure goes back up after they end chiropractic care.

Reduction of Colic Symptoms

A study published in 2012 in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics showed chiropractic care as a way of reducing colic symptoms. While it hasn’t been studied by many, the effects of chiropractic care on children suffering from ear infections and colic have been shown to provide a complete or near complete resolution after just a few treatments.

Prevention of Surgery

Chiropractic care is a natural solution used by many to prevent back surgery. The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article with guidelines for low back pain. They suggest that people try chiropractic care and use surgery as a last resort.

Chiropractic care has also been shown to provide benefits with neck pain, frozen shoulder, scoliosis, athletic performance and neurological conditions. It’s more than just getting an adjustment for your back or neck. Many of the treatments used by chiropractors help to cure or lessen pain throughout the body.

 

Top 10 Foods to Eat for Better Health & Wellness

Foods commonly referred to as “super foods” make a huge difference in our daily lives. When we feed our bodies properly, we gain energy, ward off sickness and provide lasting benefits, such as disease prevention. Here are ten foods you should eat more often if you want to gain better health and overall wellness.

  1. Berries: Whether you prefer blue berries, raspberries or strawberries, add them to you diet. Berries provide plenty of fiber, which is missing from most American’s diets. They also help to promote weight loss and support the digestive system.
  2. Lemons: Did you know one lemon provides more than 100% of the vitamin C you need on a daily basis? It has also been found that the citrus flavonoids in lemons may prevent cancer cells from growing. They even act as an anti-inflammatory agent and one study showed that lemons help your body better absorb antioxidants in green tea.
  3. Broccoli: As children, we may not have liked eating broccoli, but there’s a reason our parents put it on our plate. Broccoli is packed with vitamin K and vitamin C. It helps to support bone growth and can help ward off many different types of cancer.
  4. Garlic: A natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, garlic is great for warding off illness and disease. It contains sulfur compounds, which actually act as antioxidants to provide benefits to the cardiovascular system. Consuming just six cloves or more of garlic every week can drop your risk of prostate, stomach or colorectal cancer by 50% compared to eating just one clove.
  5. Olive Oil: Some of the healthiest fat on the planet comes from olives. This fat helps to lower LDL cholesterol, which is known as the bad cholesterol. It also helps to raise the good cholesterol known as HDL cholesterol. Just one tablespoon a day makes a huge different. Make sure to look for extra virgin organic olive oil.
  6. Beans: A great source of fiber and iron, beans are one super food everybody should add to their diet. The minerals found in beans help to transport oxygen to the lungs and cells throughout the body. In addition, the iron found in plant-based food is absorbed by the body easier than iron found in meats.
  7. Sweet Potatoes: A beautiful orange root with plenty of alpha and beta carotene, sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which helps to support your bones, eyes and immune system. The phytochemicals found in sweet potatoes also act as antioxidants, which help with disease prevention.
  8. Tea: Drinking tea regularly has been shown to help prevent diabetes, some cancers and Alzheimer’s. Some tea also helps to support gum and teeth health because it’s rich in antioxidants. The best choice is freshly brewed green tea, even if it’s flavored.
  9. Spinach: Rich in vitamins A, C and K, spinach is one of the best greens on the planet. It’s also rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and calcium.
  10. Dark Chocolate: Less than one ounce of dark chocolate a day has shown to reduce blood pressure in healthy individuals. Cocoa powder is also rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels.

All of these foods fall into the super food category. Found in their most organic, natural form, they are packed with nutrients and help support your overall health and wellness.

 

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: A Healthier Option

Chiropractic care comes with many benefits, even during pregnancy. It’s a great way to help maintain the health of your spinal column, nerves, discs and bone geometry without the need for drugs or surgery. By adjusting misaligned joints, chiropractic care will help to promote health throughout your entire body.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women and chiropractic care is known to be safe for women during pregnancy. In fact, some chiropractors specialize in working with women before, during and after pregnancy.

Top Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy

Many women have been taught to believe certain symptoms of pregnancy are simply normal. Morning sickness, back pain, out of control hormones, swollen ankles, nausea and other symptoms are considered normal in today’s society. You’re told to just deal with it, if you want a baby.

One of the major benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy is the reduced intensity or even elimination of these symptoms. Since the nervous system controls your body, a chiropractor has the ability to use specific techniques providing a more balanced body, while relieving tension and pressure on nerves and the brain stem. This may result in the following benefits:

  • A healthier pregnancy
  • Less nausea or no nausea at all
  • Quicker labor and delivery
  • Less neck, joint and back pain
  • Better chance of a natural birth

Even in the event of a breech delivery, chiropractic care may help balance the pelvis providing a better chance of moving the baby into the correct position for delivery. Not only will this be easier on the baby, but it can also eliminate the chance of dystocia making your labor and delivery safer and easier.

What Causes Pregnancy to be Hard on the Mother?

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in many different ways. The changes lead to the symptoms most commonly associated with pregnancy. Some of the changes include:

  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adaptation
  • Increased back curve
  • Protruding abdomen

All of these changes have an effect on the nervous system of the woman’s body.

How Chiropractic Care Helps During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a chiropractor will help you to establish a better pelvic balance and alignment. With better alignment and balance of the pelvis, the baby will have more room to develop, which causes less stress on mom’s body. This will also help the baby to get into the correct position for delivery.

Along with better pelvic alignment and balance, a chiropractor will help relieve tension and pressure on the nervous system. As the master communication system of our bodies, the nervous system is a huge part of the reproductive system. By using specific techniques to keep the spine aligned, a chiropractor will help your entire body work and feel better during pregnancy.

The bottom line, chiropractic care during pregnancy may help to reduce the intensity of many common symptoms, such as nausea and back pain. If you’re pregnant and searching for a natural way to ensure you remain healthy, happy and prepared for delivery, chiropractic care may be the answer for you.

 

 

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Care for scoliosis, shoulder pain and brain function.

Health-E-News August 2016
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The Role of Chiropractic Care in the Management of a Child’s Scoliosis

Idiopathic scoliosis is defined as a side-ways curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees and has no known cause. The effects of scoliosis go beyond back pain and may include psychological distress, decreased respiratory function, changes in biomechanics and movement, and it can give rise to other debilitating conditions. Typical courses of management include physical therapy, monitoring with self-care, use of back braces, and surgical intervention in severe cases. Chiropractic is a vital role in the management of scoliosis by removing as much stress as possible to the fragile spinal joints.

A 10-year old female came to a chiropractic clinic complaining of migraines accompanied by dizziness, pain behind the right eye, loss of flexibility, shoulder tightness, and ringing in her ears while reading. Tylenol and rest were her go-to remedies; however the migraines would still occur 2-3 times per week. The initial findings of her x-rays and postural assessment showed a lateral curvature in her thoracic spine (area between shoulder blades) of 35 degrees, indicating moderate scoliosis. These were concurrent with the results of an x-ray performed by an orthopedist a month earlier. Other findings included a leg length difference of ¼ inch with the left leg being shorter, as well as a shift in her right shoulder and hip.

Over the course of six months, adjustments were delivered followed by a reassessment of leg length and posture to monitor the changes after the course of care. The child had x-rays taken for the same orthopedist she saw before beginning chiropractic care to monitor the progression of the scoliosis. The medical radiologist found the curve had decreased by 10 degrees, and was now a 25 degree curvature. There was a decreased frequency of migraines with a 75% symptom reduction, improved neck range of motion, as well as a balanced right hip and shoulder.

An upper cervical subluxation could affect the flow of information from the brain to the body about posture, proprioception, and balance which may have caused the distortion in her spine. In six months, there was a 10 degree reduction in curvature and many other benefits to the symptoms she had been experiencing. Continued chiropractic care may help further reduce the curvature and alleviate her migraines by affecting the subluxation in the upper cervical region.

Chung, J., & Salminen, B. (2011). Reduction in Scoliosis in a 10 Year Old Female Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2011(1), 23-30.

 

What’s The 2nd Highest Risk For Early Death?

Being out of shape is a bigger risk for early death than either high blood pressure or high cholesterol, finds a large new study. In fact, the only thing worse for longevity was smoking, the study found.

The study, which spanned 45 years, was published Tuesday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

In 1967, at 54 years of age, the 792 men did an exercise test. Of those, 656 men also did a maximum exercise test in which they pushed themselves to the limit. The remaining men were excluded from the maximum exercise test because they had a health condition that could make it unsafe.

The studies determined the men’s VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, as a way to measure their aerobic capacity. The higher the VO2 max, the more physically fit the men were.

The men underwent several physical examinations every 10 years until 2012, when they would have reached 100 years old. Data on their cause of death was obtained from the National Cause of Death Registry.

“The benefits of being physically active over a lifetime are clear,” said lead author Dr Per Ladenvall, a researcher in the Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“Low physical capacity is a greater risk for death than high blood pressure or high cholesterol.”

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Another Study Shows How Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

The term frozen shoulder does not refer to temperature, but is a condition involving great pain and reduced range of motion in the shoulder accompanied by inflammation and stiffness.

Traditional first line approaches to treating this condition involve nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs combined with activity modification and physical therapy. If these do not work, more invasive treatments such as injections with local anesthetics and corticosteroids are prescribed. Many of these options involve looking at the shoulder itself without considering the root of the problem.

A 51 year old male presented right shoulder pain with restricted range of motion that began two days ago without any known trauma or overuse. Following examination, upper cervical adjustments were used as a trial of care. After the first adjustment, the client noted a significant reduction in pain and increased shoulder range of motion. Upon the fourth visit, the client indicated continued improvement in both pain and range of motion.

Often times the problems and symptoms are indications of a deeper problem elsewhere in the body. Subluxations of the upper cervical region of the spine may affect the function of nerves that pass through this area, including the nerves that are involved in moving the shoulder and arm. Adjustments to this portion of the spine can enhance the natural healing properties of the body to restore optimal function.

Shin, M. & Alcantra, J., (2015). Resolution of Frozen Shoulder Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2015(4), 213-216.

 

Chiropractic Does Affect Brain Function

We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. A recent study, published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity provides solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied.

This study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. The significance of this finding is that the prefrontal cortex is the ‘conductor’ in the brain, controlling many functions within the body.

Such a finding can explain many of the previous findings of Chiropractic’s effects such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects.

If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves prefrontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for just so much higher level function, then what does this mean in terms of chiropractic’s impact on things like behaviour, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional responses, and more.

This study showed that Chiropractic care doesn’t just alter brain function a little, it increases the prefrontal cortex activity by 20%! This means every time you receive a Chiropractic adjustment, the part of the brain that is responsible for ‘higher level functions’ is being stimulated, increasing body awareness and allowing your body to function at a much higher level.

Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016. Original Report

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Chiropractic Helps Olympians, and How Your Diet Can Save You

Health-E-News September 2016
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Are orthotics for you?

Back pain will affect seventy to eighty percent of adults at some point in their life, with millions currently affected in North America. There are many causes of back pain such as degenerative disease of the spine and hips, nerve injury, musculoskeletal disorders, lower extremity joint disease, and many more according to the literature. Focusing on the role the lower extremity plays in back pain; disorders such as flat feet alter the function of the foot due to the loss of an arch and produce abnormal motion, which can affect the biomechanics of the rest of the body. A case study looking at the relationship between lower extremity dysfunction, pelvic disorder, and back pain is discussed below.

A 26-year old male came to a Chiropractor with chronic back, leg, and ankle pain. The back pain arose three years ago following an injury lifting bricks. The pain in his leg and ankle began nine years prior and was felt in both legs, however following a broken ankle the pain in his right leg went away. Being flat footed since childhood, it was reported that after his right ankle had broken an arch in his right foot had formed and the left foot remained flat.

Upon examination it was noted that subluxations were present in the upper cervical, mid thoracic, upper lumbar, and sacral regions. During an examination of the lower extremities it was revealed that there was abnormal function of the left foot, where the collapsed arch existed. Adjustments were delivered to the areas where subluxations were present three times a week. The lower back pain resolved within three weeks of care, however the leg pain persisted. The patient was then fitted with orthotics to correct the alignment of the feet.

During a follow up examination, the patient reported a significant decrease in leg pain. Alignment problems can arise from childhood injuries and manifest in different ways during adulthood. Through the use of chiropractic care and orthotics, there was a correction of a collapsed arch as well as resolution of chronic back, leg, and ankle pain.

Mattson, R. (2008). Resolution of Chronic Back, Leg and Ankle Pain Following Chiropractic Intervention and the Use of Orthotics. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation, 2008, 1-4.

 

7 Top Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

/While the Mediterranean Diet may be well-known for benefits, such as helping your waistline and your heart, it may have other benefits you’re unaware of. This type of diet isn’t hard to shop for at a grocery store and contains plenty of nutrient-packed foods. It’s actually an older diet plan coming from the way people used to and still do eat in Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece.

Not only will the Mediterranean diet provide all seven benefits found on this list, but it’s also a very tasty way to eat. If you’ve been searching for a new diet plan you can actually sustain, consider the benefits gained from the Mediterranean Diet.

  1. Type 2 Diabetes Protection: One of the major benefits you gain from practicing the Mediterranean diet is protection from type 2 diabetes. Since the diet includes many foods rich in fiber, it helps to slow down your digestion and keep your blood sugar from going haywire.
  2. Increases Longevity: One of the best-known benefits of the Mediterranean diet is an increase in longevity. Those practicing the diet as a way of life reduce their chances of developing cancer or heart disease. Studies have actually shown, those following the Mediterranean diet have a 20% less chance of dying, regardless of age.
  3. Better Bone Health: One of the newest benefits discovered about the Mediterranean Diet is better bone health. A study showed the quality of bone health in postmenopausal women improved after following the Mediterranean diet. This article details how the diet has proven to help with bone health.
  4. Great for Healthy Weight Loss: When you want to lose weight, you often choose a diet leaving you hungry and irritated. The Mediterranean diet won’t do that. It will provide the healthy benefit of helping you lose weight, but will also allow you to feel fuller. Since the diet is sustainable, it becomes a way of life instead of just a fad diet you practice for a month and forget about.
  5. Protects Cognitive Health: Following the Mediterranean diet has been shown to help with treating Parkinson’s disease and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. It’s an excellent choice for preserving your memory and helping keep your mind sharp.
  6. Help you Stay Agile: The nutrients found in foods consumed when following the Mediterranean diet may help to reduce muscle weakness in seniors. This diet has also show to help with other signs of frailty.
  7. Great for Relaxation and Relieving Stress: Those suffering from chronic stress often don’t live the quality of life they want. Following the Mediterranean diet has proven to reduce stress and help you relax. Eating at a slower pace and eating local foods nearly every day helps with your mood. Of course, adding in regular physical activity will also help to reduce stress.

Whether you’re worried you might be at risk for disease or you just want to shed a few pounds in a healthy way, the Mediterranean diet may be the answer. It’s a wonderful way to eat, live and remain happy without feeling hungry or like you’re stuck hating what you eat. If you want to diet in a better way, make the Mediterranean diet your new lifestyle choice.

 

4 Top Advantages of Chiropractic Care for Athletes

Chiropractic care has become more widely accepted over the 100-year history. Many athletes, from high school football stars to Olympians, count on chiropractors to help with physical ailments. Chiropractic focuses on the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system allowing for plenty of support for all types of injuries and ailments athletes may face.

Athletes gain several advantages from regular chiropractic care before, during and after performing. Chiropractic care has become so common in sports medicine, that every NFL team has their own team Chiropractor. Here are four of the main advantages gained by athletes using regular chiropractic care.

  1. Helps Undo Punishment on the Body from Sports: When speaking of their personal successes, many athletes state that chiropractic care was a huge part of it. Top athletes, such as Dan O’Brien, Barry Bonds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger say their ability to perform was partly due to the chiropractor they saw regularly.
  2. Drug-Free Treatment/Non-Invasive: The last thing an athlete wants to do is become hooked on pain medicine or go through an invasive surgery. Surgery could mean the end of the season or even the end of a career for some athletes, such as Prince Fielder. However, with chiropractic care, athletes get the help their body needs in order to continue to perform at their best. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady believes chiropractic care helps with performance. He even says he feels about three inches taller after seeing his chiropractor.
  3. Improved Mobility: Seeing a chiropractor regularly also helps to increase mobility, which is a must for athletes. Chiropractic care fundamentally increases joint flexibility and allows for pain-free movement. Football players, weight lifters, runners and many others have all noticed an improvement in flexibility after receiving Chiropractic care.
  4. Improved Strength and Endurance: Along with increased mobility, athletes using chiropractic care often show improved strength and endurance. World-class Olympic athletes have worked with chiropractors for many years to help with range of motion, strength and endurance when training. These athletes even take their own Chiropractor to the Olympic Games.

Olympic athletes need to do everything they can to shave off mili-seconds and they rely on Chiropractic to help them. Imagine what Chiropractic can do for you!

 

Great Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables should play a huge role in any diet. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to eat healthy, making sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetables will provide plenty of necessary health benefits. There are several excellent reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are five of the most important.

Disease Prevention

The old adage, “an apple a day will keep the doctor away,” rings pretty true. Many fruits and vegetables help to prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Fruits and vegetables with a high fiber content help protect you from coronary heart disease. In addition, potassium-rich foods, such as strawberries, bananas and potatoes can help to reduce blood pressure and decrease bone loss. Many fruits and vegetables also provide antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help to ensure healthy cells.

Low in Calories

One of the best reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables is the calorie content. Most are very low in calories. Reaching for an apple or a few grapes instead of a sugary snack is a great way to lose weight and maintain a healthier body. Some vegetables contain so few calories that you may burn more calories during the eating process than the vegetable actually provides.

Filling up on fruits and vegetables may help with weight loss, as well. Making substitutions, such as fresh applesauce for oil in a muffin recipe may not only provide a delicious treat, but a healthier one. You can also add sautéed vegetables to an omelet to fill up at breakfast without adding many calories.

Packed with Nutrients

Vegetables are rich in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C. Folate-rich foods, such as tomatoes, bell peppers and spinach are especially important for women of childbearing age. These foods help to prevent certain birth defects in babies.
Eating foods rich in vitamin A, such as carrots and sweet potatoes helps with eye health and skin health. The high content of fiber in vegetables, such as broccoli can also help with digestion.
Fruits are also packed with vitamins, fiber, folate and potassium. High fiber fruits help to protect against heart disease and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as oranges and strawberries help wounds heal and keep teeth healthy.

Convenient

You don’t have to cook most fruits and vegetables to enjoy them. Grabbing an apple, grapes or even a few carrots is effortless compared to the time it takes to cook a meal or prepare certain snacks. Even making a salad takes less prep time than most meals.
If you want to add something nutritious and delicious to your diet, add fruits and vegetables. You can fill up without consuming too many calories and your body will thank you for the many needed nutrients.

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Chiropractic Does Affect Brain Function

We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. A recent study, published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity provides solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied.

This study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. The significance of this finding is that the prefrontal cortex is the ‘conductor’ in the brain, controlling many functions within the body.

Such a finding can explain many of the previous findings of Chiropractic’s effects such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects.

If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves prefrontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for just so much higher level function, then what does this mean in terms of chiropractic’s impact on things like behaviour, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional responses, and more.

This study showed that Chiropractic care doesn’t just alter brain function a little, it increases the prefrontal cortex activity by 20%! This means every time you receive a Chiropractic adjustment, the part of the brain that is responsible for ‘higher level functions’ is being stimulated, increasing body awareness and allowing your body to function at a much higher level.

1. Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016. Original Report

 

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Top Benefits Of Seeing A Chiropractor

One of the most sought after forms of alternative healing is Chiropractic care. Amongst cancer survivors who seek chiropractic therapy, 84% do so to alleviate pain, improve mood and sleeping habits, as well as to relieve stress.

WellnessMedia_Chiropractic_00032The purpose of Chiropractic treatment is not only to relieve pain, but to improve quality of life by alleviating systemic problems relating to muscles and the central nervous system. Given the researched benefits of chiropractic care, it is likely that you or someone you know could benefit from this alternative therapy.

Here are the top 10 reasons why almost anyone can benefit from chiropractic therapy:

  1. Elevates Sports Performance
  2. Reduces Headaches
  3. Stimulates the Immune System
  4. Wellness & Prevention – treats underlying health problems
  5. Alleviates Allergies & Asthma
  6. Pregnancy – balancing the muscles, pelvis, and ligaments to relieve pressure on the uterus
  7. Mitigates Chronic Pain
  8. Manages Behavioral and Learning Disabilities
  9. Weakens Dependence on Medication and Medical Interventions
  10. Normalizes Blood Pressure

 

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How Effective Is Chiropractic Care For The Treatment Of Headaches?

Very!

Research has shown that the Chiropractic care is incredibly effective in treating headaches that are caused by neck problems. In 2014, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) stated that chiropractic treatment often results in marked improvement in patients with chronic neck pain and headaches originating from neck problems.

Some headaches are caused by a triggers such as: lights, stress, noise, foods, insomnia, changes in blood sugar, and more. Of the different classifications of headaches, “primary” headaches include cluster, migraine and tension headaches; and it is these types of headaches that Chiropractic typically helps.

Most primary headaches are due to tension, stress and irritation to the neck muscles and nerves. Inactive lifestyles, poor posture, and mis-alignment of the neck vertebrae all cause irritation of the nerves in the neck. It’s when these nerves become irritated, they cause muscle tension, neck pain and headaches.

Chiropractors check the alignment of the bones in your neck, ensuring they are moving properly and not causing nerve irritation. When the vertebrae, or bones, in the neck are moving properly, the irritation to the nerves is eliminated, allowing the muscles and body function smoothly.

Other than Chiropractic, frequent movement is crucial if you spend a lot of time in one position. If you sit in front of a computer, for instance, getting up and moving every 30-60 minutes is perfect to reduce the tension in your neck. Even going for a walk at lunch is a perfect activity to help loosen up the tight muscles and joints in your neck.

 

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