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Tips For Faster Injury Recovery

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Are you sitting or standing on the bench due to an injury? For most athletes and health enthusiasts, recovering from an injury can be a workout in itself. For a serious athlete, being told that you have to reduce or halt activity altogether to let a bone or muscle heal is equivalent to torture. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed the healing process so you can heal like a pro and get back to your athletic activities as soon as possible.

Understanding The Difference In Pain Relief Options

When cells are damaged in a fracture, large amounts of prostaglandins are released. Prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control processes such as inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labor.   Although this is what causes you to feel the pain, the production of these lipids is also instrumental in the early stages of tissue repair.

Here is the catch.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to alleviate pain and stop the action of prostaglandins, but the prostaglandins are quintessential to the healing process.   The best suggestion would be to stop taking the NSAIDs as soon as possible after suffering a broken bone.  Alternatively, you could take non-NSAID pain medication such as acetaminophen for pain relief, for it does not have the same effect on prostaglandins.

Another Reason To Stop Smoking/Vaping

It is scientifically proven that the broken bones of people who smoke take longer to heal. The smoke reduces blood flow, therefore, reduces the number of nutrients and oxygen traveling to the injury site. The chemicals released into the blood from smoking damages the cells that form bone. This process and significantly decrease healing time or prevent complete healing altogether.

Your New Besties – Calcium, Magnesium, & Vitamins D and K

These vitamins and minerals are all integral to healthy bone growth. We have all heard about how important calcium is in the diet, but if you take a lot of calcium without accompanying it with magnesium and vitamins D and K, much of that calcium will not be absorbed by your bones. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard are among the best sources of not only calcium but magnesium and vitamin K as well. If you live in a sunny climate, you can get a good supply of vitamin D by sitting in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day with arms and legs exposed and using no sunblock. For those who live in less sun-drenched locations (and those of us waiting out the winter months), you can get vitamin D from fortified milk products, or you can take a vitamin D supplement.

Sideline the Coffee and Sodas

Caffeine and sugar both increase the excretion of calcium from the bones by 25-50 percent. So try to avoid the comfort foods!

Just become a Lean, Mean, Protein Consuming Machine!

Fast Track Your Immune System

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The engine of the autumn season is now officially in overdrive.  As the rushing to school, sports events or other important functions are on the fast track so may the attack on you and your family’s immune systems.  So this month let us all commit to making ourselves a little healthier by choosing one or more of these healthy habits to practice regularly for a victoriously healthy season.

Create a Great Game Plan:

  • Goal for at least seven hours of sleep each night – Better sleep means a healthier immune system. Remember our brain and body recover from the day’s stresses while we sleep.
  • Get Adjusted — Have you and your family’s spine, and nervous system checked? In the fall season goal to have your spine and nervous system checked each week because your central nervous system runs your immune system. Chiropractic kids are freakishly healthy — This is just one great reason why!
  • Avoid Sugar and Snacks – Aim to lower the intake of sugary, salty or fried foods, or foods with pesticides or preservatives in them.  Although you may not be able to entirely avoid those foods, limit foods rich in those ingredients where you can.  Steer your family towards fruit and vegetables instead.  Need a fast fun suggestion? How about a fabulous power smoothie!
  • Reduce Dairy — Try using almond or rice milk instead. Take any child with asthma or ear infections off of dairy, and they improve – just about every time.  Add in some adjustments, and the healing is even faster.
  • Exercise Regularly — Make sure you and your kids exercise each day. Even better, do a small workout in the morning before school together that is fun.  It immediately cuts down on whiny morning behavior and best of all It also gets their lymphatic systems moving which makes for healthier kids.
  • Avoid Medications and Let Fevers Ride. When children do get colds, do not immediately lower their fevers.  Comfort, cuddle them, and monitor them closely while they have the fever, but try not to lower the fever.  A fever is the body’s way of combating the “bugs” and learning how to protect itself in the future from the unwanted invaders.  Far too commonly we see that family’s that use fever-reducing drugs often seem to have colds that last for a week or longer.
  • Eat Breakfast Every Morning – that’s why they call it “breaking the fast,” so get your day started with a healthy meal.

Questions?  Just ask one of our Wellness Team Leaders what he or she suggests, and travel the shortest distance to good health this fall!

Ready To Fast Track Your Immune System This Fall?

Our Expert Team is ready, willing, and able to help you!  Please ask one of our team members all of your important questions so that we can ensure that you can have prepared your immune system for the strongest fall season yet!

Tools for School – Avoid Low Back Pain

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Fall is here!  The first days of school have come and gone.  Now the once excited kids bend over or strain shoulders to hold the overly heavy backpacks that contain their school books and folders.  Unfortunately these over filled backpacks are heading our future generations into early back pain, neck pain, headaches and disease processes.  According to figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 7,000 children attend the ER each year due to backpack-related injuries.  Unfortunately, this is a trend that will continue as more schools remove lockers from their premises, and thus children are forced to carry around with them extra books and bags for the entire day.

To help avoid developing this trend our team would like to help your children start strong and stay strong all year long.  So please review to help make this year a healthy one!

Back Pack Safety Checklist

Let’s begin by checking the backpack safely list provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) below:

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.  Padded shoulder straps are very important.  Not only will they be more comfortable than non-padded straps, but they will also help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable, so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.  Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignments, back and neck pain.
  • Tell your child to use both shoulder straps, not just one.  A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side, and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms, but also low back pain.
  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments.   A backpack with individualized compartments will help you position the contents most effectively and ensure that your child’s sandwich isn’t flattened by a heavy textbook.
  • Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.  Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  • Come and get your Back To School Back Pack Check Up!  Bring your child’s back pack into our office so we may help you properly fit the backpack and ensure that your children’s bodies are in balance physically and nutritionally to tackle all of the new excitement this school year!

Most importantly lead by example and teach them the why and how of good posture.  Make it fun and persevere!

We Are Here to Help!

Let’s Make This Year A Healthy One!  Our expert team is trained to diagnose and treat all ages.  We are here to help if you or your children suffer from pain or discomfort from using a backpack, sports injuries, or other common growing pains and conditions. Treatment is geared to the age of the patient, with a more gentle approach for children. We also offer advice on specific exercises that can help you and your family develop stronger muscles, and on proper nutrition, good posture, and optimum sleeping habits.

The Oz of Weight Loss

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Does sugar cause you to cackle with delight and send spells of disdain to your waistline?  Unfortunately, several of our favorite sweet treat holidays are upon us as you can see in the aisles of any grocery store.  If you are a fan of fairytales, you will love to know that you will not need a powerful OZ to rise against a wicked witch who loves to ensnares us with tantalizing sugar laden tricks that do not fool our waistlines. But a little help from your friends can’t hurt.

The Sugar Spell

One of the most addictive substances on earth is not found in a drug den but right here in your local supermarket.    That’s right it is not crystal meth but crystal cane.  The cane extract, commonly known as sugar, by itself, is natural and provides pleasant sweetness to our food and drinks. Without controlled limits, it may begin an addiction that will later end in obesity and other health hazards.

Sugar is in nearly everything we eat.  In the typical western diet, the amount of sugar that is added to our food products brings our consumption of the sweet stuff up to 22.7 teaspoons per day.  To add to our already natural sugar intake, the processed foods that we eat have added even more sugar to extend their shelf life.  While we know that sugar is a huge contributor to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, we still find it hard to resist.   We have been naturally programmed from birth to crave sweet things.  

The Tornado Effect

When we consume sugar, the hormone serotonin is released. Serotonin is released from the same area of the brain that responds to heroin and cocaine, which induces feelings of happiness and euphoria.  This great feeling becomes very addictive.  A current study has now shown how even the mere expectation of sugar can also affect our cognitive ability.  The simple truth is that it’s not always obvious where sugar is hiding in the foods we eat, but the more sugar we consume, the more we want.  The sudden rush of sugar spurs the release of insulin, which causes the infamous “sugar rush,” and makes us crave even more to combat the crash.

Breaking the Spell

Although sugar casts a powerful spell, it is possible to overcome an addiction to sugar and win the weight loss battle.

The key is to gradually use less sugar where you can, such as in coffee or tea and your breakfast cereal.  For instance, reduce or eliminate your consumption of soda and water down any fruit juices you may drink.  The benefit is that your body will adjust to the taste.  After a few months, if somebody suddenly gives you a coffee with sugar in it, you may find it tastes odd.  Also, avoid buying corn syrup laden desserts from the store. If you make your own, reduce the amount of sugar that is given in the recipe. Many baked goods use unsweetened applesauce as a substitute.

The Ruby Slippers

Looking for a way home to better health and weight loss.  Follow the yellow brick road which leads to our office.  Our expert team will help you break the spell of sugar and guide you with healthy nutritional counseling and optimal health recommendations.  Just click the buttons on your phone!

Pain Relief Can Start With A Healthy Walk

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What is your excuse for not exercising? Is it no time, tired from work, the kids, or in pain? Unfortunately, those are all great reasons (excuses), but instead of justifying the reasons, let’s grab your sneakers and a light sweatshirt and let’s get walking!  

Best of All – Free Membership!

While some fitness enthusiasts relentlessly seek out the latest, trendiest exercise crazes, many others are returning to good, old-fashioned walking to help them feel great and get into shape without becoming a member of an expensive gym.   Best of all except for a good pair of walking shoes, it requires virtually no equipment. So whether enjoying the wonder of nature or simply the company of a friend, walking can be a healthy, refreshing experience. And thanks to its convenience and simplicity, walking might be right for you, too.

Walk Like You Own It!

A sedentary lifestyle has a debilitating influence on people’s health as they age; therefore exercise is imperative.

Check off all the great benefits to walking:

  • Improves cardiovascular endurance
  • Tones muscles of the lower body
  • Burns calories: about 80 if walking 2 miles per hour, and about 107 if walking 4.5 miles per hour
  • Reduces risk of heart disease

Sport The Right Shoes

The first item of business when beginning your walking program is to select the right pair of shoes. Too many people choose fashion over function when purchasing running shoes, not realizing that poor-fitting shoes can do more than hurt their stride; they can also lead to pain throughout the body.

  • Make sure the shoes you purchase fit properly. The balls of your feet should rest exactly at the point where the toe end of the shoe bends during walking.
  • Select shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact.
  • Shop for sneakers at the end of the day or after a workout when your feet are generally at their largest. Wear the type of socks you usually wear during exercise.
  • When trying on shoes, be sure to wear them for at least 10 minutes at the store.

Once you have purchased a pair of shoes, don’t walk them into the ground. While estimates vary as to when is the best time to replace old shoes, most experts agree that between 300 and 500 miles are optimal.

Goal For Success

Walking just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits. But to increase your longevity, try to work up to 30 minutes, five days per week. Experts generally agree that to be considered “active,” adults should try to take 10,000 steps each day. Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your progress. Follow these great tips to start strong and stay strong:

  • Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg.
  • Stop staring down at your phone. This posture change will have you looking up and around, and unplugged from stress. The simple head posture shift will also take the pressure off your joints that are causing you to carry your weight improperly.
  • Don’t carry weights or dumbbells while walking. They’re better used as a separate part of your exercise regimen.
  • Expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you experience more than soreness, check with your chiropractic physician.
  • Walk briskly, with “purpose.” Simply sauntering, while relaxing and enjoyable, is not an effective form of cardiovascular exercise.

Of course, be sure to consult your medical practitioner before beginning any rigorous exercise program.

On The Right Track

Follow these surface choice tips to maximize the benefit and reduce the chance of injury:

  • Walking on a cushioned or rubberized track is ideal, because the cushioning of this type of track absorbs most of the impact of your walking. Many recreation centers offer this type of track free of charge.
  • Grass is another good surface, but watch out for hidden dips or holes in the ground.
  • Walking on a surface with no give, such as concrete or a mall floor, is not your best choice, because this type of surface will not absorb much of the impact your body will experience. If you do choose to walk on such a surface, be extra careful to select highly cushioned shoes.

Take Your First Step Here!

We want to help keep you moving in perfect balance to maximize the benefit and help to avoid low back hip or knee pain.   So as you lace up and head for the open road make sure to call and get a checkup for top performance.

The ABC’s of Better Health

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We know the end of the school year is rapidly approaching. Whether you have school-age children or not, you can feel the excitement surrounding this time of year. So let’s take a quick end of year exam and reflect on how we did with those New Year’s resolutions.

Did you promise yourself that, this year you would have lost weight and be in better shape at this point?  Now if there was a moment’s hesitation, ask yourself this: “Do you want to feel young again and enjoy your health and a better quality of life?” The answer should be a resolute yes. But, it is up to you to make the changes needed to accomplish this goal.  

So if you have not reached those goals by now, let’s work together to “do” something different to accomplish these goals.

Back To Health Class!

It comes down to 3 things:  The ABC’s of Health.

  • ATTITUDE – It must change.  Without an attitude change, NOTHING will happen.  Why?  Nothing will happen because you haven’t accepted that you need to change.  You want to change – But it is not painful enough for you to make an effort to move forward.  Change your Attitude, and your life will begin moving in a better direction.
  • BEHAVIOR – The attitude change will set you on a path to change your behavior.  Your daily decisions.  What you eat, how much, if you exercise or sit around watching TV.
  • CHIROPRACTIC – Chiropractic care is not only about pain – it is about better health.  Improving your immune system, internal strength, moving and feeling better, and avoiding medication.

Summer School

Don’t let another month and especially another year go by without making a change.  How do you think you will feel then?  Then why wait??  Act on this now.   We have had thousands of people restoring and recapturing their health with renewed energy. You could Feel better, Look better, and be ready for SUMMER!

Our expert team has been created to help you achieve all of your health goals with fantastic healthcare services inside of fabulous facilities.

Call our office to today to schedule the “D” – Do It Now – consultation and let’s get you fast-tracked to better health.

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