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10 07, 2018

How Can I Boost My Child’s Immune System?

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

There is a lot that goes into making sure your child is healthy. Here are a few tips to keep their immune system in prime condition:

Make Eating Healthy Fun & Exciting

Eating healthy is important for everyone, but especially for growing children. Unfortunately, many children are picky eaters and trying to get them to eat healthy can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to get children excited about eating healthy when you find ways to make it fun. Take advantage of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that are available at farmers markets. You can make eating healthy fun and exciting by trying new foods together (and letting your child pick out something new on their own). You can also let your child help you prepare meals and snacks by using colorful and healthy food options – when children are involved in making the food, they are more likely to try it (and maybe even like it!).

Stay Hydrated

With eating healthy also comes making sure you stay properly hydrated. Proper hydration benefits the body and the mind by improving physical endurance and performance, and improving thinking, concentration, and cognition. The typical recommendation of 64 ounces of water per day can easily double during the summer time. While many people prefer to look to other drinks such as sodas and juices for hydration, it is important to make sure that everyone is getting proper hydration by consuming enough water too. Water is always the best solution when it comes to keeping our bodies and minds healthy and hydrated.

Don’t Skip Out On Sleep

While staying active is important, it is also important to make sure you get enough rest to build up the energy for all those fun daily activities. It can be tempting to let bedtimes, naps, and other sleep routines fall by the wayside during the summer months, but it is important to make sure you stick to a healthy sleep schedule. Children grow, and store up needed energy while sleeping, and just like water, a proper amount of sleep each night is necessary to keep children’s minds and bodies healthy and happy.

See An Upper Cervical Chiropractor

We don’t just say that because we’re upper cervical chiropractors but because of the great effects that treatment can have on our patients, even children. Your spine (or rather, your child’s spine) is the source of everything for your body – it protects their Central Nervous System (which controls pretty much everything in the body, including immune responses), it provides their mobility to bend, roll, twist, and pick things up, and provides the support the body needs to stand up and stay upright. Just like you would take them to the doctor for an annual checkup, so too should you see a chiropractor to ensure your child’s spine is healthy. When the spine is healthy, the immune system is functioning at it prime!

 

How Can I Boost My Child’s Immune System?2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00
2 07, 2018

How To Help Your Children Have A Healthy, Fun, And Happy Summer

2018-07-20T18:40:45+00:00

The long-awaited summer time is finally here. Children are excited to be out of school, but for many parents, summer brings about the stress of trying to figure out a way for your children to have fun and be happy but also stay healthy throughout the summer. We have put together ideas on how to help your children have the healthiest, happiest, and most fun summer they can.

Manage Stress

If you are stressed out as a parent, then your children are going to feel this same stress and won’t be able to enjoy their summer vacation as much as they should be. Summer is a time for families to relax, unwind, and spend time together. When you have a day off and are able to do something with the kids find a way to get out of the house – go to the beach, visit a park or a museum, or go see a movie and get ice cream. The possibilities are just about endless during summer, so find something you can all enjoy together as a family.

Wear Sunscreen

Getting outside is important during the summer as it keeps us active and gives us the benefits of the sun’s healthy vitamin D, but with that sun exposure we are also exposed to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Make sure everyone in the family is wearing sunscreen every day, whether you will be out in the sun for a short period of time or for a longer period of time. If you are going to have an extended day in the sun, then make sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. You should choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is a minimum SPF of 30. Applying sunscreen first will save you and your children the hassle of dealing with a painful sun burn and protect against other serious skin damage later on.

Stay Active

One of the most difficult things to do during the summer can be keeping our children active. Many children see summer as the time to relax and lounge around, but we want to continue to promote the healthy lifestyle habits that we promote all year round. Make sure children are getting enough exercise and outdoor play before they are allowed to spend time watching tv, playing video games, or playing on the computer. Try to fill your calendar and plan fun family activities ahead so you will be prepared all summer long and you won’t find yourself hearing the common summer complaint “I’m bored!”

Just because summer is a time for fun doesn’t mean that it has to be a time to break healthy habits. Follow our tips for a healthy lifestyle and you will also find yourself and your children having the best summer ever!

How To Help Your Children Have A Healthy, Fun, And Happy Summer2018-07-20T18:40:45+00:00
25 06, 2018

Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Better

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

We all need sleep. It is essential to our health and well being that we get a good amount of non-disturbed sleep on a regular basis. But for our children regularly getting a good night sleep is even more important than it is for an adult. Most children will spend 40 percent of their childhood asleep. And this sleep is so important for children because it has a direct impact on their physical and mental health and development. Children who sleep well are less likely to have behavior problems or trouble focusing in school and are also less likely to make unhealthy choices.

So, what can we do as parents to help make sure our children are getting the proper amount of sleep, and that they are getting the restful sleep that they need? What does the right amount and kind of sleep look like? As parents, we should be making sure that our children are able to fall asleep easily, stay asleep throughout the night, and wake up refreshed so they have the energy they will need throughout the day.

PREPARE FOR BEDTIME

Enforce A Consistent Bedtime

Children function best when they have a set routine and they know what to expect. Setting a bedtime and enforcing it consistently is always the first step in helping make sure your child gets enough sleep and is set up for getting the right kind of sleep. Teenagers may be able to function well on an adult sleep schedule of 8 hours a night, but younger children could need up to 11 hours of sleep each night. You know what your family’s schedule looks like, so you know how early they need to get to bed in order to get the proper amount of sleep each night. It is also important to keep a consistent routine, even on weekends. If your children follow one sleep schedule during the week but then stay up later and sleep in longer on the weekends, it will only be more difficult for them to return to their earlier bedtime routine during the week.

Have a Positive Pre-Bedtime Routine

As adults we know how difficult it can be to get into bed and simply “turn off” our brains. Children have the same difficulty with “turning off” their brains and getting to sleep if they do not have a positive pre-bedtime routine. Help your children establish a pre-bedtime routine that helps them relax and wind-down so their brains and bodies are prepared for bedtime when it arrives. Common relaxing pre-bedtime routine activities include taking a bath, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, cuddling up for a bedtime story, listening to soothing music, and goodnight kisses. These pre-bedtime activities are soothing and calming and signal to a child that bedtime is near. Using the same pre-bedtime routine consistently will help your child’s body begin to prepare for sleep at the start of the pre-bedtime routine activities.

SET THE LIGHT RIGHT

Dim The Lights After Sunset

It used to be that our sleeping and waking patterns were determined by the rising and setting of the sun. But with the availability of artificial light also came a rise in difficulty with our sleep patterns. Artificial light used in our homes at night can cause our bodies internal clocks to be thrown off, which will affect how easily we are able to fall asleep and stay asleep. Simply dimming the lights at night can make it easier for our bodies to recognize that it is time to sleep and rest.

Limit Screen Time Before Bed

Too much screen time is bad for us in many ways, but especially when it comes to preparing ourselves for bedtime. Our bodies rely on our brain’s natural increase in production of melatonin at night to alert our bodies that it is time to begin winding down and getting ready for bed. But the blue light that emits from electronic devices such as television, laptops, computers, phones, and tablets can confuse our brain and stop or slow the production of melatonin. Even just a half hour of screen time can slow the process and keep children up for an additional 2 hours – so limiting screen time to at least an hour before bedtime is best. Create a restful environment by keeping televisions and video games out of the bedroom and have a charging station setup outside of the bedroom like in a living room where devices won’t disrupt sleep throughout the night.

MAKE THE ENVIRONMENT COMFORTABLE

Cool, Dark, And Quiet?

Children will find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep if their bedroom environment is not comfortable. An optimal sleeping environment is typically cool, dark, and quiet. But it is best to figure out what works for your child and keep it consistent. Most children are not going to want to go to bed in pitch black, so a small night light is ok, but remember to make sure that the light is dim, so it will not interfere with their melatonin production. Your child may also want a favorite stuffed animal to keep them “safe” at night, but keep in mind that too many toys can become a distraction. You can also try giving your child “monster spray” to help keep scary monsters away. If your child likes there to be some noise when they go to sleep, try calming music or soothing white-noise to help them fall asleep without becoming too overstimulating.

Clean

Making sure your child keeps their bedroom clean can also help them sleep easier and better at night. A messy environment can often create feelings of stress and provide many distractions. However, a clean environment will be soothing and will help promote good sleep. In making sure your child’s room is clean it is also important to do your part and make sure that the room is allergen free, so your child’s sleep is not disrupted with itchy, pesky allergens throughout the night.

Bedtime can be a crazy and hectic time in any household. But following the guidelines discussed in this article can help make your family’s bedtime routine less stressful and more soothing and successful – leading to an overall healthier and happier family!

 

Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Better2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00
17 06, 2018

How To Stay The Superman Dad And Keep Up With Your Kids

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

Happy Father’s Day!

With so many great fathers out there, we wanted to write a special article just for the dads. There’s a lot that goes into being a great father, mentally, emotionally, but especially physically. Many dads enjoy the active part of being a father – playing a game of catch, a game of basketball or football, chasing them around the yard – whatever it may be, there is definitely a special part of fatherhood that involves physicality.

You may think you’re simply getting too old to be the kind of dad you want to be, but don’t assume that you can’t keep up just because you’re getting older. Children really do have a way of helping keep us young – studies show that when compared to childless peers of their same age, dads aged 41 to 64 reported better health. So, here’s what you can do to make sure you’re able to keep up with the kids and stay SuperDad as you continue to grow older.

Take Care of Your Health

In order to be the father for your children that you want to be, you have to make sure you stay healthy enough to do so. Taking care of yourself is the first step in being a great father. The keys to maintaining good health are of course a healthy diet and exercise. Fathers can start by making sure they are creating a healthy diet for themselves and share this with their children – not only will you be making sure your healthy enough to be around for the kids, you will be teaching your children healthy habits as well. In addition to keeping yourself healthy, exercise will also help keep your body feeling young and strong, and then you will be better able to keep up with anything the children are doing. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated, it can include daily activities with the children, but you want to make sure that you are getting enough to keep your body strong.

What To Eat

So, what exactly should you be eating in order to maintain a healthy diet? You want to start by adding as many fruits and vegetables to your diet as possible. Fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with the nutrients they need to maintain our overall health and energy levels. You will also want to make sure you are including lean proteins and healthy fats into your diet. You then need to eliminate any unhealthy eating habits. Subtracting simple (unhealthy) carbohydrates from your diet like processed foods, white flour, sugar, and corn syrup is where you should start. Many foods try to pass for being good for us but are truly imposters so make sure you are checking the labels, especially for sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Sodas have the highest concentration of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine of any food or drink available – so while they may create an initial spike in energy, this spike won’t last long, and you will soon be dealing with an energy crash. It is best to eliminate sodas and energy drinks from our diets completely. By making sure we are eating the right things and eliminating the wrong things, you can make sure we keep our bodies strong and healthy.

Eliminate Unnecessary Busy Work

Being SuperDad often requires that we know exactly how to prioritize and manage our time well. With the demands that work and the family put on you, it can be difficult to make sure we are prioritizing and managing our time in the best way. This is why you want to eliminate any unnecessary busy work and find an activity that you truly enjoy for your down time. Staying engaged both at work and at home will help keep your mind active, which will keep you healthier, stronger, and better able to keep up with the kids. Your children can also share with you in the activities you choose to enjoy, helping them learn new skills and creating a deeper emotional bond between you and the kids.

Limit Technology Time

Technology has a tendency to be addicting – whether it’s the tv, computer, or phone, the more we use it, the more difficult it is to stop. And while you may feel like using technology is a way to keep up with the kids, it really takes away from your quality time with them. Using technology excessively tends to suck the life out of us, decreasing our energy and undoing all the positive work we’ve done in the other areas of our life to maintain our health.

Don’t Compare Yourself To Other (Younger) Dads

No matter how young or old you are as a father, your age is going to come with both advantages and disadvantages. There is no reason for you to feel any less capable of being a great father simply because you are older than the fathers of your children’s peers. In fact, there are some things that you likely will be able to do better than those younger fathers simply because of your age – like provide better advice and security to your children.

Develop Emotional Bonds With Your Children

Emotional bonds with your children are not only going to help you stay connected to them but can also help you with your own health. Fathers who feel deeply connected to their children emotionally are more likely to not be deeply affected by the stresses in their professional careers. Many men tend to view their roles as fathers in the traditional breadwinner sense of being a provider for their children, however research shows that men who understand that their role as fathers also involve being a caregiver too, are more satisfied with their lives.

Explore The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care

Regular chiropractic care has many benefits in our overall health and well-being. The right chiropractic care can help keep your body feeling strong and pain free, and help you keep the energy you need to keep up with the kids.

If you are looking to work with a professional chiropractor contact Upper Cervical Center of Brandon at 813-644-7190 today so we can discuss a customized chiropractic plan to meet your needs!

 

How To Stay The Superman Dad And Keep Up With Your Kids2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00
12 06, 2018

How Text Neck Syndrome Could Be Affecting You Part 2

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

In our previous blog, How Text Neck Syndrome Could Be Affecting You Part 1, we discussed what Text Neck Syndrome was, common symptoms, and the rising concern of this issue among our nation’s youth. Building upon this previous blog, we have come up with a list of what you can do to reduce your risk for Text Neck.

What You Can Do To Help

There are some simple things you can do to help prevent text neck and to help alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with text neck. When it comes to text neck prevention is key. Things you can do to prevent and alleviate symptoms include:

  • Raise your device. By raising your device to a level that does not require you to bend your neck over to use it you can prevent excess strain on the head and neck.
  • Avoid excessive usage and take frequent breaks.
  • Stand up straight. Having good posture helps keep us healthy and pain free.
  • Stay physical active. Exercise makes our bodies stronger, which also helps our bodies be better able to handle additional stress and strain.
  • Arch and stretch. Regular neck rotations and side bending combined with other stretches and chin tuck exercises work as a great rehabilitation program for alleviating pain experienced from text neck.
  • Ice and heat packs work great for alleviating pain symptoms.
  • Massage and regular chiropractic care are great ways to both prevent and alleviate symptoms of text neck syndrome.

If you are looking for a professional chiropractor to help you alleviate pain or symptoms from text neck syndrome, or simply for regular preventative chiropractic care, contact the specialists of Upper Cervical Center of Brandon today at 813-644-7190! We look forward to working with you soon!

How Text Neck Syndrome Could Be Affecting You Part 22018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00
8 06, 2018

How Text Neck Syndrome Could Be Affecting You Part 1

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

We use technology for just about everything these days. Anytime you take a look around you are likely to see many people either looking down at their phone, tablet, laptop, or some other wireless device. And while technology has significantly improved our lives in so many ways, it has also brought with it new challenges and concerns to be aware of. “Text neck” syndrome is one of those very real concerns. So, what is text neck, how could it be affecting you, and what can you do to avoid it? Read on for all you need to know about text neck syndrome.

What Is Text Neck?

Text neck syndrome is the term used to describe pain and damage in our necks that are a result of looking down at our phone, tablet, laptop, or other wireless devices too much and for too long. Any time you bend your neck forward in the manner that is typically used when using a mobile or wireless device, it forces your neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments to work harder in order to continue to hold your head up. But the term is a bit misleading as it is not just our necks that can suffer from this syndrome; text neck can also include shoulder pain, upper back pain, headaches, and increased permanent spine curvature.

Text Neck And Our Youth

The concern over text neck is an even larger concern when we take into consideration our children and their extensive use of mobile devices. Whether it be a cell phone, tablet, or other handheld device, children seem to be using wireless devices much more frequently and for longer periods than even adults do. And this is a serious concern considering children’s necks and spines are still developing and this extra strain could cause permanent damage that will lead to lifelong pain.

Common Symptoms Of Text Neck

There are many different symptoms that can be associated with text neck syndrome. The most common and obvious symptom is neck pain, including stiffness and soreness. Overall symptoms can also include:

  • Generalized Pain – can be specific to one spot only or spread across an area and can be described as a dull aching pain or a sharp and stabbing pain.
  • Radiating Pain – is usually described as pain that radiates out to the shoulders and arms.
  • Muscular Weakness – especially weakness of shoulder muscles.
  • Headaches – usually described as feelings of a tension headache.
  • Loss Of Lung Capacity – by up to 30 percent.

As well as:

  • Early Onset Arthritis
  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Spinal Misalignment
  • Disc Compression
  • Disc Herniation
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Never Damage
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Flattening Of The Spinal Curve
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28 05, 2018

How An Active Social Life Benefits Your Overall Health

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

Did you know that truly taking good care of ourselves requires a lot more than simply exercising and eating right? There are many things that play a part in our overall health – and one of the best ways you can promote overall health is keeping an active social life!

Unfortunately, we often neglect our closest and strongest relationships with family and friends. Nurturing those relationships does take time and effort, but it can pay off largely in many aspects of our health and well-being. Maintaining an active social life provides benefits to promoting the health of our mind, body, and soul! Here are some benefits you can expect to receive by putting in the effort to nurture your relationships and not let them fall by the wayside.

REDUCED RISK OF DEPRESSION

Spending quality time socializing with family and friends naturally boosts our feelings of confidence and happiness, which also leads to a reduced risk of developing depression. Maintaining an active social life will help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness that often lead to depression.

If you are already suffering from depression, getting out and socializing with family and friends is often the last thing you want to do, but it is the one thing that can make the biggest impact on your mood and fight off the depression immediately.

While any form of socialization is better than none, research shows that in-person social interactions have a stronger impact on our well-being than technological interactions such as through e-mails and phone calls. So, make sure you are surrounding yourself with positive relationships that you have personal interaction with regularly!

INCREASED COGNITIVE FUNCTION

When it comes to our mental health, strong social activity not only helps reduce our risk of depression, but it also helps increase our brain’s overall functioning. Strong social interactions help us remain mentally engaged, and the more active our brains are, the stronger they are. Research has consistently shown that people who have stronger and deeper social connections perform better on tests involving memory and other cognitive skills, and there is now even evidence linking an active social life to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

REDUCED STRESS

One of the most difficult parts of maintaining our health can often be reducing the amount of stress in our lives. In today’s fast paced world, stress seems to be a natural factor, but it doesn’t have to be. Research shows that people who feel they have a stronger social network of people they can turn to are much less likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed. This is one area in which whether the social interaction is face-to-face or over a computer doesn’t seem to matter, the only thing that matters seems to be that the person feels they are receiving the proper support for their needs, and when this is happening it successfully reduces one’s stress and the negative health impacts stress causes.

CREATION OF HEALTHIER HABITS

Have you ever realized that many of your personal habits are similar to the habits of your closest family and friends? This is not a coincidence. Research shows that your closest relationships will affect the decisions that you make regarding your health and nutrition. By surrounding yourself around friends and family with healthy habits, they will also encourage you to develop healthier habits for yourself, which will lead to increased overall well-being.

DECREASES RISK FOR DISEASE

An active social life will also help you maintain your physical health and well-being. People with stronger social interactions and connections tend to also have stronger immune systems, which means they are better able to fight off disease as simple as colds and flus to as severe as chronic illness and cancer. Having a more active social life will also help you get out of the house and up and going more often and staying physically active like this also helps keep our bodies strong and reduce the risk of developing disease. Additionally, those who have stronger social interactions and connections tend to heal from injury and illness that does occur faster.

PROMOTES LONGEVITY

Maintaining an active social life and also help you increase your life span overall. In fact, studies show that men and women with deeper social interactions and connections live 50% longer than men and women who are more socially isolated. This means the risk of death is double for those who are socially isolated as compared to those who are socially connected! These facts have been shown to remain consistent even when other factors such as socioeconomic status are taken into consideration. So, if you want to live a long and healthy life, make sure you are keeping up with your closest social relationships.

HELPS YOU SLEEP BETTER

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being, but this can often be difficult to do. However, research shows that people who are lonelier and more socially isolated have more difficulty falling asleep, experience more restlessness, and more disruptions in sleep throughout the night than those who are socially well connected.

Now that you know the many health benefits that come with maintaining your strongest and closest social relationships with family and friends, make sure you are doing your part to stay connected with these people. It will not only help keep you healthier overall but will also help keep your loved ones healthier as their social life will increase with being more deeply connected to you!

 

How An Active Social Life Benefits Your Overall Health2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00
21 05, 2018

Perfect Posture: Why It Really Is So Important

2018-06-04T14:59:58+00:00

Growing up our mothers told us time and time again to stand up straight and not to slouch. Often the immediate reason that comes to us as to why we should have good posture is simply because it looks better. While this is true, there are also many other reasons why it is important to maintain good posture.

GOOD POSTURE MAKES YOU LOOK AND FEEL MORE CONFIDENT

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror while slouching over and then compared it to how you look standing straight up? If you do, then you will notice a significant difference in how you look and how you feel. Standing up straight and tall also affects the way others perceive us. Standing up straight and tall causes others to perceive us as taking a more authoritative and dominant stance – it is a power pose that displays our confidence in ourselves and causes others to see us the same way.

GOOD POSTURE CAN ELIMINATE AND PREVENT NECK AND BACK PAIN

Having good posture means that your body is properly aligned, and your bones and spine are evenly supporting the weight of your body. However, when your posture is not correct it causes an uneven distribution of weight among your bones and spine, which causes neck and back pain. By changing your posture, you could eliminate your current neck and back pain or prevent yourself from getting neck and back pain.

GOOD POSTURE MAKES IT EASIER TO BREATH

The reason for this one is simple. In order for your lungs to work properly, they need room to expand and fill with air. When your posture is correct, your lungs have enough room to work properly and efficiently. However, when your posture is not correct, and you are slouched over, there is less room within your chest for your lungs to expand and fill with air. This will make breathing more difficult as your lungs will have to work harder.

GOOD POSTURE IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION

Having good posture improves the function of your brain all around – it improves both memory and learning, improves your mood, and improves your concentration and mental performance. The reason good posture improves your memory and learning is likely linked to the fact that good posture improves your breathing, and when your body is able to take in more oxygen your brain performs better. Studies on students have shown that those students who sit with the best posture score higher on tests than those who sit slouched over. The reason for the increased brain functioning is likely due to the increase in testosterone hormones and the decrease of cortisol (stress hormones) that are released when our posture is correct.

GOOD POSTURE MAKES YOU APPEAR TO BE TALLER AND SLIMMER

Having good posture improves the way you look overall because when your posture is correct, your body’s bones and weight are aligned and distributed evenly. When you stand up straight and tall you instantly appear to be slimmer than what you actually are. When you slouch over, your stomach will often be pushed out, causing you to look larger than you are. You will also appear to be shorter than what you really are when you are slouched over.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR POSTURE IS CORRECT

  • When you are standing up, your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles should all be aligned vertically. Your knees should be straight, but not locked.
  • One trick you can use as an indication of whether you are standing up straight is to drop your hands to your sides – if your thumbs are pointing forward your posture is good, if the back of your hands are facing forward you may need to readjust your stance.
  • Proper sitting posture requires that your feet are planted firmly on the floor with your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle. Your shoulders should be rolled back. When in a proper sitting stance your ears, shoulders, and hips should all be directly aligned with each other.
  • Whether sitting or standing, when your posture is correct your chin should be parallel to the floor.
  • Proper posture while sleeping depends on the position in which you sleep. It is recommended that you use a pillow to keep your cervical spine in a neutral position and to avoid sleeping on your stomach. If you sleep on your side, you can use a pillow in between your legs, and if you sleep on your back, you can use the pillow under your knees.

 

 

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16 05, 2018

Could Your Neck Pain Be The Result Of Poor Head Posture?

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

When we think of our posture, most of us think of our back and shoulders. But did you know that you can also have poor head posture – and that this can lead to chronic neck pain and chronic headaches?

What Does Proper Posture Look Like?

You can tell if your head posture is correct by looking in a mirror and determining whether your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles are all aligned in the same vertical line. Your head should sit directly above your neck and shoulders – not leaning slightly forward, backward, or to the side.

What Is Forward Head Carriage?

Forward head carriage, also known as anterior head carriage, is simplest terms is the “bad” head posture. Forward head carriage occurs when we carry our head slightly forward, appearing like we are slouching or leaning forward. When you do not have proper head posture, your ears will align more with your chest than they will with your shoulders and your head will rest forward and ahead of your shoulders rather than directly above your neck and shoulders.

Why Does Poor Head Posture Cause Neck Pain and Headaches?

Because your head and shoulders are connected, when your head is carried forward your shoulders will also roll forward adding unnecessary weight. For every inch that your head is carried forward it adds 10 lbs. of weight that is exerted onto your neck, joints, muscles, and ligaments. This extra weight on our necks forces our muscles to have to work harder in order to continue to hold our head up. The more stress we place on our neck, joints, muscles, and ligaments, the more neck pain and headaches we will begin to experience.

There are many symptoms that we may experience which can indicate we have poor head posture including:

  • Tension headaches or band-like headaches that are dull and located in the temples or forehead
  • The feeling of “knots” or “rocks” in the back of your neck and shoulders
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Tightness specifically located in your chest and upper back
  • All-over body aches and tightness
  • The feeling of numbness in your arms
  • A continuous feeling of needing to roll your shoulders or stretch or “crack” your neck

What Causes Poor Head Posture?

Posture, whether good or poor, is something we develop over time. And because it takes a long time to develop our posture habits, it can also take a long time to change those habits. Maintaining good posture often requires a conscious effort to do so. There are many different things we could be doing that could cause us to develop poor head posture including:

  • Using a mobile device such as a tablet or cellphone (this is also known as “text neck”)
  • Looking down while reading a book or working on a computer
  • Prolonged sitting in one position
  • Sitting with your shoulders rounded and your back hunched over
  • Driving with your head more than 5 to 8 cm away from the headrest
  • Carrying a backpack, bag, or purse that is too heavy or is over one shoulder only

What Can Be Done To Correct Poor Head Posture?

First and foremost you should contact an experienced and licensed chiropractor (like us!) to assist with the treatment of your neck pain and headaches. Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments and care has been shown to be effective in reversing the damage of forward head carriage, promote proper head posture, alleviate pain, and prevent further damage of the neck and spine.

Additional steps you can take to help correct poor head posture include:

  • Ask your chiropractor about head and neck exercises you can do to re-balance your posture. Make sure your chiropractor reviews these exercises with you to ensure you are performing them properly.
  • Getting up to stretch every 15-20 minutes if you work primarily sitting at a desk or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
  • Make sure your computer screen is level with your eyes and about two feet away from your face so you don’t have to lean forward to see it.
  • Minimize the amount of time you spend on activities that promote poor head posture – such as watching television, playing video games, and using mobile devices.
  • If you use a backpack, make sure to pack the heaviest items towards the back and lighter items towards the front. Also make sure you are carrying the backpack evenly across both shoulders to properly distribute the weight.
  • Carry a purse across your body to evenly distribute the weight.
  • Consciously focus on your posture – making sure that your sitting and standing up in a straight position with your head in an upright position directly above your neck and shoulders.
  • Use a body pillow to promote proper spinal support and posture while sleeping at night.

 

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7 05, 2018

6 Simple Steps To Boost Your Immune System And Build Immunity

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

No one likes getting sick. Whether it’s the common cold or something more serious like the flu, getting sick knocks us off our feet and sets us back in all that we need to do. Getting sick is your body’s way of telling you “I need a break” and “I’m not getting the care I need”. So, what can you do to boost your immune system and build up immunity to start fending off illness?

Here are simple steps you can start taking right now to boost your immune system and build up immunity:

  1. Start taking probiotics.

We normally think of bacteria as a bad thing. But did you know there are both good and bad bacteria, just like there are both good and bad fats, and good and bad carbs? Probiotics are simply the good bacteria that we introduce into our bodies for their beneficial properties. They work especially well on the digestive system and in reducing the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases. Probiotics can be found as a supplement and in certain foods such as yogurt.

  1. Limit alcohol and tobacco use.

Using tobacco or drinking alcohol are bad habits that can actually limit the effectiveness of our immune system. Tobacco smoke impairs the basic defenses of our immune systems and increases our risks of bronchitis, pneumonia, and cancer, to name a few things. Alcohol consumption can also impair the immune system and increases our vulnerability to lung infections.

  1. Limit your amount of sugar intake.

While it is true that sugar is delicious and can be extremely difficult to stay away from, it is also horrible for your health and immune system! Your immune system uses Vitamin C to boost immunity and fight against harmful bacteria entering the body. When you ingest sugar, it is broken down into glucose, which is oddly similar in structure to Vitamin C. The problem arises because your body often will attempt to grab Vitamin C to fight off bacteria and will instead grab the glucose. When this happens, instead of being able to fight off the bacteria or virus, your immune system’s ability to function properly is decreased – and the virus spreads.

  1. Feed your body plenty of healthy “super” foods.

Now that you know what you should not eat and need to avoid, what can you eat that will actually help boost your immune system? There are many “super” foods that actually work well to improve our health and boost our immune system. These super foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, garlic, mushrooms, yogurt, whole grains, and chicken soup. 

  1. Have a check-up done on your nervous system.

This might sound like a strange one, but your nervous system, which is made up by your brain and spine, controls every single cell, tissue, organ, and organ system within your body. If something is off in your nervous system you may still have a lot of difficulty building your immune system as your nervous system will not give your body the proper signals on how to respond. It is extremely important to make sure your spine is properly aligned to ensure your body is able to send and receive signals and responses the way it is supposed to.

  1. Get plenty of sleep and don’t let stress get to you.

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep each night is essential to our body’s immune system health as sleep deprivation suppresses our immune system function. Furthermore, sleep deprivation can also increase the amount of time it takes your body to recover if you do get sick. Sleep deprivation can lead to issues such as increased chance of catching the cold or flu, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The optimum amount of sleep is 7 to 8 hours for most adults but could be as high as 10 hours for school-aged children.

Similarly, the more stressed out you are, the worse your immune system becomes. When our body is under stress it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases blood pressure and blood sugar, both of which lead to a weakened immune system. It is important to practice anti-stress techniques such as yoga, meditation, and exercise to minimize the amount of stress in our lives.

Now that you know what you can do to boost your immune system and build up your body’s immunity start taking action on these 6 simple steps today, so you can have your healthiest and best year yet!

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23 04, 2018

Health Facts And Tips For High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is more dangerous than you may think. Often caused by stress, anxiety, and poor eating habits, it comes with some nasty side effects. Aside from the obvious and most severe (being heart attack and stroke), there are some side effects that aren’t as noticeable but just as imperative to be aware of.

It’s important to know that the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body are essential to sustaining health. When high blood pressure goes untreated, it hardens and even stretches and thus weakens the arteries that bring oxygen to the brain and heart. This is particularly dangerous because any blockage to either of these organs can be fatal.

High blood pressure can affect many other parts inside the body before a heart attack or stroke occur. The kidneys can be affected by high blood pressure because of the risk of thickening and hardening to the walls of the blood vessels. When the blood vessels become hardened, the kidneys can’t flush out toxins, and this may result in needing medical treatment.

Besides major organs, even your eyes can give you clues that your blood pressure is too high. If you experience bleeding blood vessels or changes in vision, you should consider checking your blood pressure.

If you find that you have high blood pressure, you should take some changes into consideration to avoid awful medical treatments. There are plenty of things you can do to improve your blood pressure and avoid going to the hospital for them.

  • Relax. Try to meditate for a few minutes each day to clear your mind and focus on your breathing.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Implement more veggies such as leafy greens and beets, omega 3’s, and fruits into your diet to help improve blood pressure.
  • Slow down. Practice slow, deep breathing to reduce heart rate.
  • Exercise. Light exercise such as yoga and short walks can help you get away from stress of your day even if just for a little while. Exercising daily can help significantly in strengthening your heart and improving blood flow throughout your body.
  • See a chiropractor. Your spine protects your central nervous system, a system that controls all functions and responses of the body. When one or more vertebrae is misaligned due to an injury, posture, stress, or other force, it can have an adverse effect on your health, including high blood pressure. A chiropractor aims to correct the misalignments and promote total body health and wellness.
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17 04, 2018

Workplace Ergonomics: How To Correctly Position Your Computer Monitor To Increase Your Well-Being

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

In today’s world we are using computers more and more. In fact, most things we do include using a computer in some way. Our workplace is no different. For many people their entire day is spent sitting in front of a computer screen for work. We already know that how our keyboard is placed and how our chair is set can have an impact on our bodies and our health, but are you aware that the positioning of your computer monitor can as well?

Positioning your computer monitor is extremely important to setting up your workspace. A badly positioned computer monitor can require us to sit or stand in awkward positions and take a large toll on our bodies and health, leaving us sometimes with serious and painful consequences. A badly positioned computer monitor can also lead to excessive eye strain, which can cause its own set of problems for our health.

The following 6 simple steps will help you make sure you are correctly positioning your computer monitor to help you avoid common mistakes and reduce the strain on your body and eyes:

  1. Reduce Glare

Placing your computer monitor in a position that will reduce or eliminate the glare emitting off of the screen will reduce your amount of eyestrain and will also help prevent you from having to lean forward in an awkward position to better read the screen.

  1. Use Right Angles and Keep Away From Windows and Lights

Placing your computer monitor at a right angle and away from windows and task lights will help reduce the amount of light coming from directly behind your screen, which will reduce the overall glare and thus reduce your eyestrain. If you’re not able to adjust the angle of your screen or move the monitor away from a window, try simply closing the blinds or turning off a task light that is coming from behind your screen.

  1. Directly In Front Of You

Placing your computer monitor directly in front of you will make your overall computing experience more comfortable. Having your computer monitor directly in front of you will prevent you from having to twist, turn, or bend your head and neck into awkward and uncomfortable positions to see the screen.

  1. Position The Top Line Of The Screen At or Slightly Below Eye Level

When this step is completed properly the top line of your computer screen should either be directly at or slightly below (no more than 30 degrees) eye level. An easy test you can do to make sure your screen is angled at the right position is to lean back with a slight recline in your chair and place your right arm out directly in front of you, when you do this your middle finger should almost touch the center of the screen. With your computer monitor screen at this position you should be more comfortable and should neither have to adjust your head forward by leaning it down or backward by tilting it back, both of which cause unnecessary strain and pain on your head, neck, and shoulders.

  1. Arms-Length Away

Placing the computer monitor approximately an arms-length away will help you make sure the monitor is neither too close nor too far away from you. Having the screen placed too far away from you will cause you to strain your eyes and lean forward to better see your screen, and having the screen placed too closely to you will increase the glare and eyestrain and will likely cause you to tilt your head back away from the screen.

  1. Close Enough To Be Easily Used

It is important that the computer monitor is placed close enough to you that you are able to clearly read the screen without having to bend your head, neck, or trunk forward or backward and without having to squint and strain your eyes to see the screen.

As you can see from the tips above having your computer monitor properly positioned is key to reducing awkward poses and bad posture and protecting our bodies and overall health and well-being. Proper placement of a computer monitor will help your eyesight, head, neck, shoulders, and back and prevent you from developing unnecessary pain and stiffness.

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12 04, 2018

Why Your Sleeping Position Is So Important

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We know that a good night’s sleep is essential to our health in so many ways. We aim for a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night, and if we are getting this amount of sleep that means we are spending about a third of our lives sleeping!

One aspect we don’t really think much about is the position we are sleeping in, but this can have a huge impact on our bodies and impact the health of our spines. This is because improper alignment of our neck and spine during sleep can cause a lot of strain and stress on our bodies resulting in problems with your neck, shoulders, back, hips, and jaw. It’s happened to all of us – we wake up in the morning feeling like we slept on a bed of rocks or were attacked in the middle of the night – we start scrambling to figure out what went wrong and what happened. The answer is that we were likely not sleeping in a proper position that kept our neck and spine well aligned.

So what impacts do specific sleeping positions have on our bodies and which one is right for you?

SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK

Although this is one of the least popular of all sleeping positions – only about 8% of people – sleeping on your back is the BEST position for you to sleep in. This sleeping position allows your head, neck, and spine to align in a natural and neutral position throughout the night, which means no extra stress in those areas and a reduction in the likelihood of experiencing pain. Another plus to sleeping on your back is that it can help reduce acid reflux and even helps prevent wrinkles! If you sleep in this position the use of pillows is important. You want to make sure you are using a pillow under your head that properly supports your neck without lifting your head up and place a pillow under your knees to keep stress and strain off your lower back.

The bad news about back sleeping is that it is not a great position for people who have problems with snoring and can be a dangerous position for individuals suffering from sleep apnea.

SLEEPING ON YOUR SIDE

Sleeping on your side can come in two forms – sleeping relatively straight like a log with your legs stretched out and arms down to the side or sleeping in the fetal position with your legs bent upward. Sleeping on your side is the most popular sleeping position with 15% of adults sleeping straight on their sides and 41% of adults sleeping on their sides in the fetal position.

Sleeping on your side in a straight position is considered the second-best position to sleep in since your spine is elongated, which will help reduce strain and stress on your neck and back and will ward off pain. This position also helps keep your airways open which means it helps reduce snoring and is also the best position for those individuals suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleeping on your side in the fetal position is by far the most popular sleeping position out of them all. This position, particularly done on the left side, is a great position for pregnant women as it improves circulation in your body and the fetus and prevents your uterus from pressing against your liver. This position is also good for snorers. However, beware, scrunched up too tightly in this position can restrict your breathing and leave you feeling sore in the morning, especially if you suffer from arthritis in your joints or back.

When sleeping on your side, whether you choose the straight position or the fetal position, it is still also important to utilize pillows to help keep a neutral positioning of the neck and spine. You will want a pillow that will support your neck well and should also use a pillow in between your knees to help keep your hips in line.

The one downside to sleeping on your side is that it can lead to wrinkles on your face since one side of your face is smashed into a pillow.

SLEEPING ON YOUR STOMACH

The only thing stomach sleeping seems to be good for is reducing snoring, since it keeps your airways open more easily. Unfortunately, it’s bad for almost everything else. Sleeping on your stomach is the WORST position you can choose from a chiropractic viewpoint. Because sleeping on your stomach forces you to twist your neck to the side so you can breathe and makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position of your spine, a lot of stress is placed on your back and neck. Sleeping on your stomach also puts pressure on your muscles, nerves, and joints and that can further irritate your spinal nerves. This position will almost inevitably cause pain and discomfort upon wakening.

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5 04, 2018

Causes of Poor Posture And The Effect On Your Spine

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Your spine is the foundation for everything you do. Taking care of it needs to be top priority. Being your backbone, it holds your body upright and helps turn your head, moves your limbs, lets you bend down, and so much more.

Stress on the spine may put a strain on your health by

  • hindering immunity,
  • producing mild to extreme discomfort,
  • causing restless sleep, and
  • making everyday activities difficult and unenjoyable.

Problems with spine health can stem from everyday activities such as working, physical activities, and sleeping to extreme amounts of stress.

One of the best ways to ensure spinal health is to keep a good posture. A good posture will relieve any unnecessary pressure on your spine. Pay attention to your body and make sure you aren’t feeling pain or strain in your back and neck muscles. While standing in place, try to achieve a “neutral pelvis”. A neutral pelvis happens when the top of your pelvis is parallel to the floor. If you can’t imagine that, try to imagine a string from the top of your head pulling upward from the sky to keep your spine straight. Other points to look for are:

  • Keep your head up and facing forward as much as possible.
  • Pull your shoulders back so your back is not bent outward and your chest does not appear to concave.

Causes of Poor Posture

If you’re like many working people and sit at a desk for a living, it’s increasingly important to learn how to have a good posture, not only while standing, but also while sitting. Sitting in a stiff chair can get uncomfortable and cause you to slouch which puts more stress on your spine.

Office work often includes the use of a computer. Problems such as glare, poor positioning of a computer screen, and an uncomfortable chair can create problems for your spine. A glare can cause you to move into an awkward position in order to get a good view of the content on the screen. Having the screen at a position lower or higher than eye level will cause strain on your neck and back, causing pain over just a short period of time.

Even sleeing with bad positioning can cause neck and back pain. The best position to stay asleep is on your back with proper pillow usage. A pillow that gives just enough support but not too much height is best because it will keep your spine aligned throughout the night, helping you wake up feeling rested and relaxed.

When you have achieved a good posture, you strengthen your spine and the muscles surrounding it. Lifting or activities, such as bowling and golfing, become easier and pain-free, letting you enjoy life and your favorite hobbies.

 

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28 03, 2018

The Roles And Functions Of The Cervical Spine

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Your neck starts at the base of your skull and connects your cervical spine (the seven vertebra that make up your whole neck) to the thoracic spine (your upper back). The anatomy of your neck is an impressively designed construction of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Because of this construction, your neck is an area of the body that is delicate yet strong and surprisingly flexible. These factors are what allow you to turn your head in almost any direction, and it is what can be heavily influenced by outside forces such as stress or trauma, leading to neck and back pain.

The Roles and Functions of The Cervical Spine

Your neck, or cervical spine, has several functions and serves the following roles for your body:

  • Supporting the head. Like Atlas, your neck has quite the weight to bear – approximately 10 to 13 pounds. Your head may seem surprisingly heavy, but your neck manages to hold the weight while allowing for major flexibility such as rotational, forward, backward, and side-to-side movements. When your posture is poor, and your head leans forward too much while sitting or standing (or playing on your smartphone), your neck must compensate for the shift in the weight. This undue stress is what commonly leads to chronic neck pain.
  • Controls blood flow to the brain. Vertebral foramen, or openings in the vertebra, allow for arteries to pass through the spine and deliver blood flow to the brain. When your neck is out of alignment, and the vertebra are not properly lined up, these openings can become smaller or pinch the arteries, reducing the blood flow to your head
  • Protects the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that run from the brain, down the spine, and connects to points all over the body. The spinal cord is responsible for the communication between body and mind. A misalignment in the cervical spine can disrupt the body’s messages or the brain’s response, causing a rippling effect throughout the body. This miscommunication may manifest as neck, back, or limb pain, or it may manifest as other issues.

Chiropractic Treatment

Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis is much like getting your air conditioner tuned up or having your mechanic perform routine maintenance according to your car’s manual. Chiropractic care of your spine ensures that your spine is properly aligned and that your body is healthy.

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22 03, 2018

Live Healthier, Be Happier: 5 Reasons To Avoid Sugar

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

Sugar is present in many of todays foods and drinks. On average, Americans consume over 60 pounds f added sugar per year – this excludes naturally occurring sugar, like that found in fruit or juice. Daily, this breaks down to about 76.7 grams or 19 teaspoons. That’s 306 additional calories consumed daily because of sugar. As good as this sweetener can taste, the key to a healthier life is reducing our daily intake of sugar. Sugar can greatly interfere the natural responses in the body and cause numerous health issues. Here are five ways that sugar affects your body:

  1. Hyperactivity. When sugar is consumed and digested, it causes a spike in adrenaline that is released in the body. This is the “boost” many adults feel after drinking an energy drink or soda and is the reason why a child may act like they are “bouncing off the walls” after eating some candy. Following this spike in adrenaline, once it wears out, the body “crashes” and becomes extremely lethargic. Excessive sugar intake can also cause irregular sleeping habits. Children and adults who are already sensitive to hyperactivity, such as those diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, can greatly benefit from limited sugar intake.
  2. Diabetes. When sugar is ingested, glucose levels rise. To combat these high glucose levels, the pancreas must work hard to produce insulin. Insulin removes excessive sugar/glucose from the blood and a diagnosis of diabetes occurs when the pancreas is too overworked to produce enough insulin to combat the sugar levels. A diabetic must inject themselves with insulin to keep up with the glucose levels in their body. This is why many diabetics are advised by their physician to watch what they eat and avoid sugary snacks and beverages.
  3. Behavioral Changes. Aside from hyperactivity, sugar can also cause several changes in a person’s mood, including increased irritability, and can heighten an individual’s anxiety or affect their reaction to stressors. Did you know that scientific research has proven that sugar is as addictive as cocaine? Even withdrawals from sugar can have similar symptoms: headaches, irritability, cravings, aches and pains, mood swings, and some may even experience “the shakes”.
  4. Lower Immune System Function. When sugar is ingested it causes more than just visible changes like hyperactivity; it also changes the body internally. Sugar reduces the efficiency of white blood cells and this effect can last for at least five hours. That’s a minimum of five hours that your body is not able to fully fight off bacteria, germs, and potential diseases – even the common cold. A simple illness can progress into something more serious, and with continuous sugar intake, it will take longer for you to recover.
  5. Increases LDLs. Another internal side effect of sugar intake is the effect it has on the levels of cholesterol in the body. Your body has two types of cholesterol: the “good” kind and the “bad” kind. The “bad” types of cholesterol are Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDLs). This type of cholesterol is the kind that builds up around your heart and in your arteries, leading to risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart disease. High-Density Lipoproteins (HDLs) are the “good” kinds of cholesterol; they carry “bad” cholesterol from your body to your liver where it is processed for removal. Sugar causes HDL levels to decrease which in turn causes LDL levels to increase.

Reducing the amount of sugar you consume, can lead to a healthier body and an overall healthier lifestyle. Taking care of your body is important, it’s the only one you get!

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14 03, 2018

3 Tips To Pick The Right Pillow

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

Selecting the best pillow for your taste, your sleeping style, and comfort is the best way to get a good night’s sleep. Many people may not realize that an appropriate pillow for your neck is equally as important as your mattress. There are numerous pillow types and materials available, so it may take some time shopping around before you find your best fit.

Sleeping Style

The first thing you should consider when planning to buy a new pillow is your sleeping style. The position you spend most of your time sleeping in is an important part of appropriate pillow selection. Do you lay on your side, back, or your stomach when you sleep? Or do you toss, turn and alter your positions frequently while sleeping? Seeing that pillows are not made equally, different pillows cater for the differing styles of sleeping. Understanding your sleep style will help you pick the best pillow to help you to appreciate restful nights.

Type of Pillow Material

The three most popular pillow materials are down, polyester fill, and a type of pillow material called Memory Foam (this is a foam-like construction which conforms to the contours of your body). Polyester fill pillows are the most commonly found types of pillows while some of the top selling pillows are those made of memory foam. Although memory foam is durable, soft, and able to accommodate your head easily, it might not work for everybody. Down pillows are also a favorite for for those seeking to reduce neck pains. Each material that is used in making pillows has its own set of pros and cons, so do a little digging and read reviews. The best material you can find is the one that provides the correct support for your neck without causing any pains or discomfort when you wake up.

Check Reviews and Research

With so many products in the market, finding the best pillow that is suitable for neck pain could be a daunting task for the uninformed consumer. Check reviews by consumers having similar neck and back issues as yourself and verify claims made by manufactures before purchasing.

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7 03, 2018

Be Cautious Of Delayed Symptoms After A Car Accident

2018-10-04T14:31:19+00:00

Every year, hundreds of thousands of citizens in our country, and around the world, suffer from symptoms caused by a traumatic vehicle accident.  

If you experience any of multiple signs described below or you think that your body is just not feeling shortly following a car accident, you should seek medical assistance. The following is a list (based on frequency of occurrence) of symptoms to be aware of following a car crash:

  1. You experience an inability to stay focused or concentrate.  If your mind wonders off of a subject or project you’re working on, and this happens more easily than it did before the collision, you should consult a physician right away.
  2. Headaches seem to come more quickly and frequently.  If you suffer from headaches, more severe or more frequently than you had before the accident, this might be a sign you need medical attention.
  3. Clouded thinking: Your thinking patterns seem less coherent and more distorted; this can include trouble with remembering certain facts or information.
  4. You suffer from blurry vision.  This one is self-explanatory.  Especially if you’re driving and the road signs become hazy, you need to take act immediately and call your physician.
  5. If you experience nausea, especially more than normal and outside of a ‘flu-like’ situation, this may be the result of trauma to your body stemming from the accident.
  6. Some people will start to feel dizzy following a collision.  If so, this is another symptom that demands to be checked.
  7. You may begin to experience a lack of energy.  This happens in many cases because a key organ, or other internal mechanism, was impacted from the crash.  
  8. Finally, people who have survived a traumatic collision can develop abnormal sleep patterns.  Crash victims should remain vigilant in tracking their sleep routines, recording in some way what takes place as they rest at night.

Many times, the effects of the trauma are not felt until the next day or in some cases, several days later. The reason for this is believed to be because of the increased adrenaline running through your veins that make many people not feel the pain or discomfort of an injury until the adrenaline dissipates from the blood. Especially in instances where the crash happened at lower speeds, those involved in an accident may think that they did not suffer from any adverse effects. This is why your car insurance company provides a 14-day window to seek medical treatment following an accident, to provide coverage for these delayed symptoms. Even after the 14-day window, if you feel that something is not right, don’t hesitate to get medical attention.

About 75 percent of the symptoms just mentioned (symptoms that occur right away) can also manifest days after the crash.  

  • Clouded thinking is one symptom that can occur later, and accident victims should remain aware of their thought patterns, especially as the next days progress after the accident.  
  • The ability to concentrate should also be monitored, in the days and weeks ahead.  
  • Headaches are one of the symptoms that have a reputation of afflicting the victim later, down the road. Headaches and migraines can be a symptom of trauma that occurred to the neck and brain.
  • Blurry vision can begin to occur, as well, days or weeks after an accident.  This one tends to come on the victim quite slowly and may even come and go. In any case, if the blurred sight is abnormal, a physician needs to be made aware of it.  
  • If your memory begins to fail, and details are hard to ‘call up,’ or this happens to you more than usual, this is yet another sign that you should be checked out.  
  • Should you notice major behavioral changes, including but not limited to an increased temper, shorter patience, fewer inhibitions, or more reckless behavior, then the trauma from the accident may have caused  more that just physical injury.
  • Finally, in terms of physical signs to monitor, nausea, dizziness or a lack of energy can each occur well after an accident too.  At times, doctors have recorded that these symptoms usually appear within a week or two following the accident. However, it isn’t completely rare for victims to begin suffering from these three symptoms months, and even years after the crash.

Any discussion of harmful outcomes from a collision wouldn’t be complete without mentioning whiplash.  This is an injury to the muscles in your neck. And those muscles are impacted in a bad way when the collision causes your head to be thrown backward in a sudden way, then immediately thrust forward.

Soft tissue injuries generally cause pain, limit the range of your mobility, and create swelling. Also, these symptoms may not show up immediately either.  Many accidents occur with a high amount of force. Yet even at a lower rate of force, it could potentially take a few days or even weeks to experience symptoms from any form of injury that occurred from the crash.  Physicians of multiple specialties agree on this much: victims from an accident need to closely monitor any symptoms that may appear and report those symptoms as soon as possible to their doctor. This also pertains to the delayed symptoms.

How Can an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Help With My Car Accident Symptoms?

Trauma to the body, neck, and head can cause misalignments, or subluxations, in the spine; subluxations cause interference with the body’s Central Nervous System. The Central Nervous System controls the body and the mind; it interprets our environment and commands the body to act accordingly (e.g. when it is hot, we sweat as a means to cool off). The Central Nervous System also commands the bodies pain receptors, immune system, and bodily functions. Interference of the Central Nervous System can cause a number of issues throughout the body, including headaches, blurry vision, neck and back pain, dizziness, and even emotional issues.

Upper Cervical Care focuses on removing the subluxations of the spine, primarily those located in the top vertebrae – the Atlas and the Axis, and the resulting issues within the Central Nervous System that the subluxations caused. Although only the top vertebrae may be corrected, when the top of the neck is in its proper position, the rest of the spine will follow suit. When the subluxations are removed, the spine is properly aligned and the Central Nervous System is able to properly function at its prime and the effects of the delayed symptoms from your car accident are likely to be diminished or dissipate all together.

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26 02, 2018

How To End Vertigo And Dizziness

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Vertigo is described by the medical community as a sensation in which people feel like they’re moving, swaying, or that the world is moving around them – but they themselves are not actually moving. Common forms of Vertigo feel a lot like dizziness and may cause other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sweating.

Vertigo is a common complaint for individuals

  • Following a car accident
  • After sustaining a head or neck injury
  • With inner ear issues or conditions
  • Who suffer from disturbances in their nervous system

Chiropractic Can Help Reverse Vertigo

If you are currently suffering from episodes of Vertigo, seeking chiropractic treatment may be able to help you start to feel like yourself again. When your spine is misaligned, the vertebrae that are out of position can place pressure on the nerves around it and cause interruptions between the brain and the Central Nervous System. This interruption can cause varying side effects in each individual. Some individuals may experience vertigo while others may feel pain in their extremities. Vertigo caused my misalignments in the spine is called Cervicogenic Vertigo and its effects can be greatly reduced by chiropractic corrections.

Balance, Vertigo, and Chiropractic

In other cases of vertigo, chiropractic corrections can aid balance by improving the vestibulocochlear system. The vestibulocochlear system is the complex system of the inner ear that consists of fluid-filled tubes that are lined with stereocilia, which are hair-like sensors. This system interprets body movements and communicates with the central nervous system on how to react. For example, if walking down hill, the vestibulocochlear system will recognized the forward leaning movement and communicate with the central nervous system to correct the body’s movement to lean back while walking down hill to prevent the individual from tumbling downhill.

Misalignments is the upper neck, or cervical, area can place pressure around the vestibulocochlear system, blocking the tubes and causing the fluid to build up. This can lead to misinterpretations of an individual’s balance which can cause stumbling and vertigo. By correcting the upper cervical misalignments, the pressure around the vestibulocochlear system is released and the system is able to resume proper functioning.

Other Ways A Chiropractor Can Help

Chiropractors do more than just correct misalignments in the spine. They also listen to your symptoms, document your daily habits, and interpret this information just like any other doctor would to provide advice on how to supplement the care they are providing. Your chiropractor may recommend exercises that will aid in improving your body’s core strength which will in turn improve your control over your balance. They may also recommend implementing meditation and breathing techniques to help you regain control after a bout of vertigo.

They may also recommend other lifestyle changes such as a dieting, changing medication routines, or other changes to improve your overall health. Smoking, drinking alcohol, drinking highly caffeinated or sugar beverages can stimulate or depress the central nervous system. Certain over the counter medications, like sleep aids and allergy medications, may contribute to dizziness, so your chiropractor may recommend reducing your daily dose or when you take it.

 

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20 02, 2018

How Having Good Posture Can Make You Money

2018-10-04T14:31:20+00:00

Posture is perhaps the most subconscious expression of ourselves. Luckily for those of us with poor posture habits, it is possible to make changes to the way we hold ourselves, and in by doing so, we can better shape our lives and even our bank accounts.

Most people spend hours every day sitting down and slouching over a desk – a habit which can put extra pressure on the spine while adding to chronic pain and deterioration of chest, back, and neck muscles.

Beyond the physical harms of slouching, research suggests that poor posture can actually affect just how people see themselves, and those with an upright posture are able to easily recall positive thoughts and tend to have a much better self-image.

Not only will a healthy posture assist you in reducing or stopping back and neck pain, it can also improve your stress levels, mood, self-confidence, your digestion, and breathing as well as your productivity and appearance. A good posture can increase your confidence and promote your self-assurance to others.

Sitting upright increases the likelihood that you will think positively. The next time you struggle with a negative attitude or drama in your workplace, just straighten up, take a deep breath, and clear your mind. Your mindset and mood will change, enabling you to focus on your work and get more things done.

A productive, reliable, self-confident, and professional looking employee is more likely to receive a promotion or a raise. If you only work part-time, you increase your chance of getting more shifts or the more profitable shifts through your increased confidence and productivity.

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14 02, 2018

Can Children Benefit From Upper Cervical Care?

2018-10-04T14:31:20+00:00

First, before reaching any conclusions about whether children can benefit from upper cervical care, the researcher should understand the difference in approaches to spinal care currently in practice.  Today, most chiropractic specialists approach spine treatments by looking at segments or “local fixations,” as it is phrased by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA).  On the other hand, NUCCA practitioners focus on upper cervical care that affects the whole body’s balance and aids long term spinal stability.

Is it safe?

According to NUCCA’s website, “children can be adjusted using the NUCCA procedure right from birth” and in many cases, the child’s condition doesn’t require a “full NUCCA assessment”. Children are in an important developmental stage and will undergo a safe and simple assessment to prevent any additional harm being done. Once an assessment of their condition is made, a correction is only done if and when it is absolutely necessary. Upper Cervical corrections are pain free and there is not popping or cracking of your child’s spine. NUCCA also states that “children also generally respond more quickly to adjustments and usually require fewer adjustments to attain spinal stability.”

A book titled “Manual Therapy in Children,” by Heiner Bledermann, takes a comprehensive look at the subject of manual therapy for children of diverse ages.  The author’s approach looks deeply into the relationship between the neuromusculoskeletal structure and its performance at different stages of a child’s life.  The book places a strong emphasis on preventative techniques as a child matures and grows, and it also elaborates on safe treatments and the proper management of the spine, again, at each stage of the child’s development.

So how does a child begin the process of becoming misaligned?

For adults, stress, trauma to the body, and various toxins are all contributors to a back showing misalignment. However, for children the state of his or her spine usually has something to do with a sporting mishap, an accident at home or school, or in most cases, something genetic that the child was probably facing from birth.  Scoliosis is one of the most common conditions we see in our office, and Upper Cervical can help to relieve pain, discomfort, and stress on the spine.  

The emphasis of NUCCA, along with practitioners who imitate their core approach, can be better understood along these lines: By bringing stability and balance to the upper cervical portion of the spine, the body is given the tools it needs to sustain long-term health.  Patients who receive NUCCA-endorsed treatments typically feel better now as well as over the course of their life time.

Stress itself can be viewed as a separate factor.  Multiple studies conducted over recent decades show an unmistakable correlation between stress in a patient’s life and the tendency for back problems.  Consequently, when children experience emotional-based trauma, they can also benefit from an upper cervical approach.  The upper cervical treatments can help to relieve symptoms for the child such as tightness in the shoulder area or help to relieve back pain.

How should I pick an Upper Cervical Chiropractor?

For children, one of the smartest things a parent can do is to examine closely the credentials of the spinal care specialist or chiropractor under consideration.  You will need to establish the authority and expertise of that specialist.  So much of the advice found in research points to the fact children are more fragile, because of their developmental state.  Hence, you should and can make certain the specialist possesses a superb track record in working with younger aged patients.

 

Can Children Benefit From Upper Cervical Care?2018-10-04T14:31:20+00:00
6 02, 2018

6 Ways To Relieve Joint Pain

2018-10-04T14:31:20+00:00

Joint pain usually involves more than just a joint aching for some unknown reason, or because of some form of arthritis.  Whatever the cause of pain, what may work to alleviate pain for one person often won’t work for another person.  And what works for a joint in the arm or hand may not work for someone else’s knee pain.  Again, there can be a lot of information associated with joint pain for the relief-seeker or patient to digest.

Diet

So, a good starting place is to look at well-researched remedies applying to almost every kind of joint pain.  For one, you can address leg pain by losing weight. Changing your eating habits  for the better can make a big difference in how much pain you experience from various kinds of discomfort, including arthritis.  It goes without saying among experts, extra weight puts greater pressure on your hips, knee joints, ankles, and feet.

Gentle Exercise

Next, many therapists recommend low-impact exercising to alleviate various types of joint discomfort.  Moving the parts of your body in fluid motions; for example, doing water aerobics or swimming, will flex various joints and keep stress to a minimum.  Whereas, trying to walk long distances or run may only create more damage to joints and increase your pain.

Hot and Cold Therapy

The application of hot and cold treatments can also make a big difference in helping calm arthritis pain. To implement these techniques, you can take a long, warm shower or bath.  Some people have used an electric blanket successfully, while others found that a moist heating pad could do the job. Each of these methods tend to work well in keeping your joints loose.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, an old Chinese practice to help multiple categories of pain, seems to be growing in popularity. Patients who have tried it – seemingly, the majority of them – claim it works wonders in living up to its claims: Basically, to reroute energies while restoring balance throughout your body.  The World Health Organization has even endorsed this treatment for more than 100 different conditions.

Tumeric

A lesser known approach is to add turmeric, a spice commonly found in Indian cuisine, to your meals.  Although not medically validated across multiple agencies, the National Institute of Health claims that turmeric given to lab rats on multiple occasions reduced inflammation within the animal’s joints.  Some testimonial evidence exists that the spice just may help people suffering with joint pain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Finally, the community of specialists who work with upper cervical procedures have documented evidence that care of the upper spine region can help alleviate multiple forms of pain throughout the body. There certainly seems like enough evidence for what upper cervical procedures can do to point pain sufferers for treatment specialists to pay more attention to this practice.  

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31 01, 2018

7 Tips For Healthy Meal Planning And Grocery Shopping

2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00

Your diet plays a massive role in your health and how well you can carry out your everyday tasks, so it’s important to come up with a strategy for buying healthy foods.  There are many approaches to starting a sound diet plan; here are seven that will put you on the right track:

  1. Get determined. Adopting a new regimen can be more challenging than you think, and it can be hard to restrain from junk food and sweets. Cut off easy access to processed foods and fix yourself on a steady, healthy meal plan. Pretty soon you will adjust to your new routine, and won’t be looking back!
  2. Plan out your meals. Schedule your eating times around the same time each day and have an idea what you’re planning to cook ahead of time.
  3. Read labels. It’s important to know what ingredients exist within the food you are buying, including nutrition, calories, and saturated fats. Knowing this can help you keep track of your nutrition intake.
  4. Go for more natural, unprocessed foods. Many processed foods lack nutrients and are high in unhealthy fats. These can drain your body of energy and cause you to eat more than you should.
  5. Budget wisely. Ration your money on some of the essential foods like milk and wheat before spending on other items. Read labels to make sure your getting your money’s worth.
  6. Maintain a balanced diet. Be sure to have a variety of food. Plan your meals ahead of time so you don’t eat chicken three night in a row. Set certain days for salad and fish, and others for meat and vegatables or chicken and rice.
  7. Keep track of your nutrition. Record how many calories you consume daily, and your protein and fat intake so you can prepare for your next meal.

There are certainly more tips to be found, especially if you search online; yet if you can abide by these seven suggestions as you plan your weekly diet, you will certainly notice improvements to your health.

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25 01, 2018

Upper Cervical Can Help Car Accident Symptoms

2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00

Car accidents can be terrifying, stressful, and sometimes painful events in our lives. Some accidents are more severe and medical care is provided on site. Other times, both parties report that they feel fine, swap their insurance information, and go home. In these cases, it is important to be aware of the possibility that side effects from the car accident may present themselves hours or even days after the car accident occurred.

It is important to watch for delayed side effects after a car accident because your auto insurance will only accept medical claims within 14 days of your accident. It is important to see a doctor right away if you begin to notice delayed side effects after your accident. Depending on your symptom, your doctor may recommend you see a chiropractor, although you can choose to see one without a referral from your primary car physician.

Common delayed side effects to watch for:

  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Neck Pain or Stiffness
  • Back Pain
  • Tingling or Prickling Sensation in Extremities
  • Loss of Physical Functionality
  • Loss of Range of Movement
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Change in Emotional Reactions
  • Personality Changes

Although not all of these delayed side effects will see improvements after undergoing care from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, many do. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is beneficial for individuals with more than just neck or back pain. By looking for and removing a misalignment in the Atlas or Axis (top to vertebrae in the spine), upper cervical can help to reduce the severity, reduce the frequency, or all together stop delayed symptoms after a car accident. Even those with personality changes and loss of physical functionality have seen improvements in their symptoms after receiving upper cervical adjustments. This is because when the spine is aligned, your central nervous system is in harmony and better able to heal the body and perform at optimal function.

 

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16 01, 2018

The Secret To Alleviating Your TMJ Pain Is Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor

2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00

Temporomandibular Joint disorders, or TMJ disorders (for easier pronunciation), are a compilation of several disorders that affect the joint and surrounding area where the jaw meets the skull. Typically, this disorder can cause an individual to have trouble talking, eating, and can cause pain and swelling in the area. For some individuals, the pain radiates into their neck and causes headaches. The treatment for TMJ disorders can vary on the extent of the disorder. Those with mild to moderate pain or discomfort may be suggested by their doctor or dentist to take over the counter pain relievers, or may prescribe a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.  At its most extreme, TMJ may require surgery, but before it gets to that point there are several therapies that can help, including seeing an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

How Can an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Help an Issue in My Jaw?

When traditionally recommended treatments fail to help, looking outside the box of tradition may be where you will find your answer. Upper cervical and chiropractic adjustments are commonly used to supplement or even replace traditional treatments for a variety of issues, including TMJ. Chiropractic care seeks to help the body and all functions by alleviating the dysfunctions, or misalignment, in the spine.

These dysfunctions, or misalignments, can cause tension in the muscles, joints, and fascia; which, in turn, can cause a number of ailments, pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. Upper cervical focuses on the upper two vertebrae in the neck, the closest to the skull and jaw. A misalignment, especially in this area, can place undue stress and pressure on the surrounding nerves, including the nerves associated with TMJ pain.

Many clients who have TMJ and seek upper cervical care find relief in their symptoms following just one visit. TMJ is usually a life-long ailment, so continuing upper cervical care alongside your traditional treatment can provide immense benefits and relief.

 

The Secret To Alleviating Your TMJ Pain Is Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00
10 01, 2018

How An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Can Help You Reduce Stress

2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is a healthcare profession that uses drug-free and surgery-free methods to diagnose and treat neuromuscular stresses through the use of the Advanced Orthogonal Approach (AOA). The AOA is a painless adjustment of the spine through the use of sonic sound waves.

Upper cervical chiropractic care relieves treated individuals from stresses and pains. A chiropractor is a healthcare professional that performs chiropractic sessions. The basic conditions they help provide relief for are neck pain, spine strain, migraine/headache, and lower back pain. Upper Cervical can also help alleviate symptoms of other more serious conditions such as TMJ, scoliosis, and Fibromyalgia. They can also aid in the recovery of accident victims.

Understanding Stress

Stress can be caused by a hectic work schedule, change in your environment, war, loud noises, anxiety, or sickness.

Stress can either cause a positive reaction which makes some people work harder on a task/job or negative reaction by an accumulative effect on the body. Negative effects of stress can cause tension to build up within the body’s muscles, joints, and tendons, which in turn affects the vertebrae in your spine. It can simply be said that stress is bad for the mind and body of an individual.

How Upper Cervical Reduces Stress

Spinal Subluxations is a misalignment of the spine which can lead to pain or discomfort, limited mobility, headaches or migraines, or more serious issues such as illness. An upper cervical chiropractor conducts spinal adjustments which return your vertebrae to its proper positioning thereby improving nerve function and removing the tension (which is caused by stress) from your spine and surrounding muscles.

Upper cervical chiropractors may also operate in a soothing and serene environment, so patients can be more relaxed during treatment sessions. They do this so that the body can easily be worked on. They may play the patients’ favorite music just to set the atmosphere right or ask the patient to sit in a comfortable position.

An upper cervical chiropractor will also help his patients to work on bettering their posture. A wrong sitting posture can lead to tension around the neck and the spine. This added stress leads to severe lower back pain and neck stiffness.

Other de-stressing options may also be presented by an upper cervical chiropractor. The goal is to help you live a healthier and stronger lifestyle in order to reduce the stress and strain on your neck and back.

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26 12, 2017

Upper Cervical Care Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

2018-01-19T23:21:21+00:00

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined by the American Heart Association as a systolic pressure of 140 or higher and/or a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher (140/90, or “140 over 90”). Nearly 80 million Americans suffer from hypertension, that’s a little over one in every three adults! Hypertension is a risk factor for other issues in cardiovascular health, including heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.

Although cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the U.S., deaths fell by nearly a third from 2001 to 2011—a drop scientists say reflects improvements in preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. This is great news, except deaths attributed to high blood pressure are on the rise. As of the most recent published data in 2011, more Americans were dying from high blood pressure related deaths than they were 10 years prior; from 46,765 deaths in 2001 to 65,123 deaths in 2011.

The death rate going up for one while the other is going down may seem contradictory, however, one reason this can happen is that hypertension can directly lead to other deadly conditions (besides heart disease and strokes) such as heart failure or kidney failure if it is not controlled. Other issues that may lead to death are patients with hypertension not taking their medication correctly, or in some cases, the amount of medication is not enough to manage the individual’s hypertension levels. Of the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, only about half have it under control.

For most people, the American Heart Association recommends treatment if blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, and research shows that lowering blood pressure by just 5 points reduces the overall risk of death from any cause by 7 percent.

So, what can you do to supplement your high blood pressure medication and reduce your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, or other issues?

  1. Exercise

One of the largest factors plaguing Americans that leads to high blood pressure is obesity and overall lack of physical activity. Even a simple exercise like walking for 30 minutes during the day can provide numerous health benefits. Join a gym, work out at home, or opt for the stairs over the elevator or park in the back of the lot to get in a few extra steps. Exercise provides numerous physical and mental health benefits.

  1. Diet

Another major contributing factor to high blood pressure is a high intake of sodium (salt) in your diet. Check labels before purchasing your food and don’t add salt (or reduce how much you do add) to your food. In addition to reducing salt from your diet, reduce sugar and increase your intake of foods high in protein, fiber, nutrients, or minerals. A well-balanced diet is a big step towards heart health.

  1. Stress Management

Blood pressure can rise when you are under a lot of stress and although you can’t always avoid it, you can find ways to better manage how you handle stress. There are numerous techniques for stress management: breathing exercises, physical exercise, playing a sport, yoga, crafts, reading, meditation, etc. Find what works for you and implement the stress management when you feel that your stress level is rising. Properly managing you stress is a big way to help supplement your care of your hypertension.

  1. Upper Cervical Care

Your brain and the brain stem play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure. Proper communication between the brain and the body help maintain a healthy blood pressure level. When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck near the level of the brain stem, the brain to body communication is disrupted. This disruption can lead to many issues, one of which is high blood pressure.

The top vertebra in your neck, or the Atlas vertebra, is not anchored like the other bones in the spine. It relies solely on the surrounding muscles and ligaments to stay in place, which makes it vulnerable to misalignment.

Upper cervical adjustments are a pain-free, drug-free, and a non-invasive way of correcting this misalignment. When an upper cervical correction is made, and the Atlas is properly repositioned, the brain to body communication is restored. Upper cervical adjustments have even been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to a study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

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20 12, 2017

5 Natural Ways To Alleviate Fibromyalgia Symptoms

2017-12-22T21:52:17+00:00

Fibromyalgia is one of the leading chronic pain conditions of American people. In fact, nearly 10 million people in the U.S. alone and around 5% of the world’s population suffer from Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and localized tenderness. Other symptoms may include depression, poor concentration, and headaches. The cause of FM is unknown, but researchers believe that genetics may play a role. Symptoms can develop after:

  • psychological stress
  • physical trauma
  • an injury
  • an illness

Fibromyalgia pain can be minor, or serious enough to interfere with daily activities. Treatment methods are available to help curb the symptoms of Fibromyalgia; however, there is no cure yet. Aside from the traditional prescriptions or recommendations for over the counter pain medications, Fibromyalgia may also be treated with anti-depressant and anti-convulsant (anti-seizure) medications. If pharmaceuticals are not helping or you want to provide supplement care for your Fibromyalgia, the following may help relieve symptoms as well.

  1. Yoga

Research has shown that people with Fibromyalgia who participated in yoga classes experienced improved mood, and less pain and fatigue. Classes typically involve gentle poses, meditation, breathing exercises, and even group discussion. The goal of yoga is to help individuals increases muscle strength and mobility, and learn different relaxation techniques.

  1. Upper Cervical Care

Upper cervical care is different from other chiropractic care in that there is no popping or cracking of your back. Your spine is not manipulated; instead a correct is made with the use of a painless and precise soundwave. Many patients of upper cervical care who have Fibromyalgia, have found that a simple correction to the vertebrae in their neck has helped tenfold in their pain and discomfort.

  1. Physical Therapy

Seeing a physical therapist can provide you with specific exercises and stretches to help improve your range of motion and muscle strength, which have been shown to help reduce pain for those with Fibromyalgia.

  1. Exercise

Simple exercise can provide numerous benefits for those with Fibromyalgia. It combats fatigue, improves energy levels, and improves muscle strength and resilience. Getting started can be difficult, so start slow and work up gradually. You may find it beneficial to combine exercise with the help of a physical therapist. Exercise has shown continuous benefit in controlled trials.

  1. Vitamin D Supplements

People with Fibromyalgia are commonly seen to have very low levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced during the body’s exposure to the sun, or it can be taken as a supplement. Vitamin D is responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects.  In a 2013 study, researchers found that people with Fibromyalgia felt physically better and experienced less fatigue when they took vitamin D supplements. Talk to your doctor before taking vitamin D supplements, as too much can be toxic – or try to get some sun for at least 30 minutes a day.

5 Natural Ways To Alleviate Fibromyalgia Symptoms2017-12-22T21:52:17+00:00
13 12, 2017

Upper Cervical Care Of Herniated Discs

2017-12-13T16:27:37+00:00

Your spine is made up of individual discs sandwiched between each of the bones in your vertebrae. These discs are a small pad of gel-like tissue surrounded by a thick coating that serves as a cushion between your bones of your spine that help it to be as mobile as it is.  These discs also serve as a shock absorber and prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other.

What is a herniated disc?

An injury to the spine, stress, or poor posture can cause the spine to become misaligned, meaning the weight is not distributed evenly across the disc. When this happens, the disc may “bulge” into the spinal canal or against a nerve in the spinal cord. The result is called a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc.

Where can a herniated disc occur?

A herniated disc can occur anywhere along your vertebrae, although the reason why or effect it has on the rest of your body can vary. A herniated disc in your lower lumber or lower cervical area usually occurs because these areas carry the bulk of your body’s weight.

What are symptoms of a herniated disc?

When a disc is herniated, typically you will feel a sudden and sharp pain followed by a lingering pain or sensation. A herniated disc can also cause other issues throughout your body.

  • Herniated discs within the lumbar region of your spine (lower back) can radiate pain along your lower back down to your buttocks, thighs, and legs. This pain is usually described as burning, tingling, or as a numbness along the area.
  • A herniated disc in the upper cervical region of your spine (upper neck area) can cause pain in your neck, shoulders, and arms. A herniated disc in this region can also weaken your neck or use of your shoulders and arms.

Treatments for a herniated disc

Your spine is a specialized area that requires delicate handling. There are several types of specialist that focus only on the treatment of spinal injuries, however, treatment options may vary among each specialist. Some may recommend surgery immediately, while others may approach the issue more slowly by attempting to reverse the misalignment in hopes to reduce the pressure the herniated disc is causing. The choice of who to see for treatment solely lies within you. You know what is best for your body and how far you are willing to take your treatment, and never be afraid to get a second or even a third opinion.

A benefit of seeing an upper cervical specialist at the Upper Cervical Center of Brandon, is that our methods of treatment do not require any popping, bending, or twisting of your spine. We do not perform manual adjustments like general chiropractors do. We use the Advance Orthogonal approach for treatment, which is a painless and precise sound wave correction for the upper cervical spine. This treatment method realigns the head and neck to their proper positions, removing the interference and restoring balance to the body’s nervous system. Even if your herniated disc is located in the lower cervical or lumbar region, an Upper Cervical correction can help. We have seen that when the upper cervical region is properly aligned, the rest of the spine will follow.

 

Upper Cervical Care Of Herniated Discs2017-12-13T16:27:37+00:00
6 12, 2017

Back Pain Facts And Management Tips

2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00

Dealing with constant back pain can interfere with your daily life. From having difficulty in completing household tasks or moving furniture, to not being able to take part in a sport or play with your kids (or grandkids) – every part of your day is affected by the pain in your back. You go out of your way to keep from agitating your back, which means you may do something you don’t normally do or refrain from doing something you enjoy. If you are suffering from back pain and this sounds a lot like your life, you are not alone.

The facts about back pain are staggering:

  • Nearly 8 out of every 10 people will experience some sort of back pain at least once in their life.
  • Lower back pain is the number one reason for disability.
  • The majority of back pain sufferers (54%) report that they spend most of their day sitting.
  • Back pain and back problems are more prevalent among women than men.
  • Back pain complaints increase for women while pregnant; about half of woman report significant back pain at some point in their pregnancy.
  • Over $50 billion dollars are spent every year on the treatment and management of back pain.

Treatment and management options are vast and can range from:

  • Over the counter medications
  • Heating pads
  • Prescription medications
  • Massages
  • Surgery
  • Steroid Injections
  • Doctor visits
  • Chiropractor visits
  • Supportive pillows
  • Back stretchers or traction devices
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices

In addition to the above, one can also employ some easier and more natural methods to reduce the stress on their back and alleviate some of the pain.

  • Maintain a healthy weight through proper nutrition and exercise
  • Avoid prolonged sitting (at work, take increment breaks to stand and stretch)
  • Wear comfortable and proper fitting shoes
  • Sleep on a medium-firm mattress to provide some support for your back
  • Use proper lifting techniques to pick something from the ground up (lift with your legs!)
  • Quit smoking – smoking can interfere with nutrient delivery to your discs
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your spinal discs hydrated
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29 11, 2017

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Effect on Heart Rate Variability

2017-12-05T20:55:38+00:00

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the interval of time between heartbeats but unlike your Heart Rate (HR), which averages the number of heart beats per minute, your HRV focuses on the small fluctuations of the heart that occur in response to internal and external events.

Heart Rate Variability is a direct link to your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which means that it can be used to gain insights into your nervous system, stress and recovery activity. This also means that if your Autonomic Nervous System is not working properly, it can affect your HRV. A subluxation (misalignment) in your spine can affect the functioning of your ANS, and thus also, your HRV.

Similarly, poor functioning of your Autonomic Nervous System and poor reading of your Heart Rate Variability can be indicators of a subluxation (misalignment) in your spine.

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a study of the correlation between the HRV and subluxations in the spine. The researchers proposed that since subluxations can cause interference to the functions of the nervous system, the effects of subluxations should also be seen in HRV readings. In the study, bilateral heat readings along the spine were used to measure change or improvement.

In the cases where individuals were found to have a subluxation in the spine, HRV and Bilateral Heat Readings were taken. Each then received the corresponding correction to their subluxation, and their readings were taken again. In each instance, the HRV and bilateral heat readings showed improvement after receiving the correction.

Researchers of the study concluded that “there appears to be a relationship between the improvements in bilateral skin temperature pattern analysis and heart rate variability following an upper cervical chiropractic technique. It is feasible that upper cervical chiropractic care can have a positive effect on the autonomic nerve system and there may be a connection between pattern reduction and improved heart rate variability.”

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13 11, 2017

4 Ways To Easily Avoid Opioid Use And Addiction

2018-10-04T14:31:21+00:00

More Americans suffer from chronic pain than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined, and it is also the number one reason for long-term disability. Chronic pain, by definition, is any pain that last three months or longer. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, in 2015 a third of the American population use some type of opioid for treatment. Commonly prescribed opioids for pain management are codeine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and methadone.

Opioid use is becoming such an epidemic in the United States that on October 26th, our president requested the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to use some of its funding to fight opioid use. There are several ways for you to do your part to reduce your contribution to the opioid epidemic, including trying the following pain management alternatives.

  1. CHIROPRACTIC CARE: The spine is the core of your body and if something is wrong with the spine, then the effects it has can reach to all parts of your body and pain is one of the most common manifestations of spinal issues. When the spine is corrected and sits in its proper alignment, the central nervous system is able to properly function and respond to issues throughout the body. Many times, the hip and legs twist to compensate for the misaligned vertebrae, which can cause pain and discomfort. Most of our clients who come to us for pain management find relief after their first correction. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself and chiropractic care only helps pave the way for it to do so.
  2. MASSAGE: Some of the pain that is treated through opioid use is the pain manifested in the muscular and ligature structure of the body. A massage helps to reduce the tension that is built up in the muscles and reduces pain caused as a result. Full body massages can also help to relax and calm the mind, creating an addition psychological effect that can reduce the need for strong opioids.
  3. EXERCISE: Exercise will always provide numerous benefits for your body and health; however, the reason exercising has made this list is for more than just to encourage you to be healthy. When you exercise, your body releases a chemical called endorphins which have a similar effect on your body as morphine does. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain by numbing them to pain and trigger a positive feeling throughout the body.
  4. NATURAL PAIN MEDICINE: Instead of numbing your mind and body with strong prescription chemicals, opt for natural herbs that are known for their anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. By consuming natural remedies, you are reducing your risk of building a tolerance to prescription pain killers – which can lead you down a terrible road of addiction. Easy to find natural pain killers are:
    • Ginger
    • Turmeric
    • Capsaicin
    • Magnesium
    • Willow Bark
    • Cats Claw
    • Valerian Root
    • Boswellia
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13 11, 2017

Upper Cervical Care and Autism

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Over the years, as Upper Cervical Chiropractors, we have seen some amazing stuff. The power of chiropractic care has, time and time again, proven to help those who come through our doors with various ailments, ranging from sciatic and back pain to multiple sclerosis and Autism. Yes, we said Autism.  Autism awareness has increased over the years, but parents of Autistic children have always tried various methods to improve their connection with their child and help their children cope better with the world around them – including chiropractic care.

What Type of Treatment Does Someone with Autism Receive?

All of our patients, including those with Autism, go through the same process. Starting with an initial consultation to discuss what brought the patient to our office, followed by an exam and x-rays. After reviewing the exam results and x-rays and comparing it to the information given to us during the consultation we then formulate a treatment plan that includes making the necessary upper cervical adjustments. Nothing extra is done or out of the ordinary for any patient; once we complete the adjustment, essentially our job is done. From there it is up to the body and its ability to heal itself to take over a reveal the results of the adjustment.

 What Types of Improvements Are Seen After an Adjustment?

Upper cervical chiropractic care and adjustments does not cure Autism, but it has been seen to help many of our patients. Parents have reported that their child’s behavior has improved in school and at home, drastically in some cases. Grades and school performance have gone up for some while others saw improvement in their child’s speech. Each person is affected differently by chiropractic adjustments but each one is always glad to have sought our help and our care.

How Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help?

Autism is a processing disorder. Someone diagnosed with autism can have a difficult time interpreting the world around them. Their brain signals easily get mixed up and the mind and body is not able to properly communicate which can cause behavioral issues, developmental delays, and other issues.

Chiropractic care seeks to aid the body in proper communication and natural healing. When a vertebra is out of place, it places pressure on the area around it, including the spinal cord (which protects your body’s central nervous system). The central nervous system is home to all the controls of the body; it connects your mind with the body and interprets the world and reacts accordingly. The C1 and C2 vertebrae (called the Atlas and the Axis) are the top vertebrae in your spine and closest to your brainstem. A correction of a misalignment in this area will help improve the body and mind’s communication and allow the body to properly function.

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13 11, 2017

Will I Have To Get Corrections For The Rest Of My Life?

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There are many reasons why someone may seek chiropractic care aside from just back pain. Undergoing upper cervical chiropractic treatment can help people with conditions including digestive orders, TMJ Syndrome, migraines, sciatica, carpal tunnel, diabetes, depression, ADD/ADHD, and much more. Starting upper cervical treatment is often done as a supplemental treatment to other care or as an alternative when regular medicine doesn’t seem to be helping. When our patients first come in, one of the most common questions they ask is “How many corrections I will need until I start feeling better/ Will I need corrections for the rest of my life”.

The easiest way to answer this is to compare upper cervical to going to a dentist for treatment. You don’t have to brush your teeth or floss but you do in order to take care of your teeth. You don’t have to go to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year but you do in order to take care of your teeth. You don’t have to have your cavities filled or have a crown placed but you do in order to take care of your teeth. So, what is so different from taking care of your spine and taking care of your teeth? Not much.

When Will I Start Feeling Better?

Your spine is a vital part of your body and its proper functioning. It needs to be cared for – through regular exercise, eating healthy, using proper posture and lifting techniques, and seeing an upper cervical chiropractor for additional care.  Calculating at which visit you are guaranteed results isn’t possible as each person is affected by their pain or illness differently, has different underlaying causes, and recovers from their problems differently.

While you may notice an immediate difference after your first correction, someone else may not feel the results until their third correction. Regardless of when you notice results, your body begins to feel the effects of the correction immediately. When the spine is properly aligned, communication from your central nervous system is no longer facing interference from misaligned vertebrae placing pressure on your nerves, spinal cord, or other parts of your body. Seeking upper cervical care is the first step in your healing process.

Will I Need Chiropractic Corrections For The Rest Of My Life?

It is important to know that you do not have to do anything you do want to do, not for a few months, and not for the rest of your life. It is your life and your choice, however, continuing to receive corrections will be beneficial to the heath of your spine. Stress, poor posture, how long you sit or stand every day, incorrectly lifting things, and old injuries can all contribute to your vertebrae going back out of alignment. Our doctors will only perform a correction if it is absolutely necessary to maintain your health.

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13 11, 2017

Why Focus On The Atlas And The Axis

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The Atlas and the Axis are the top two vertebrae in your spine, the C1 and C2 respectively. Upper Cervical treatment focuses on these two – if we ensure that these two vertebrae are in alignment and functioning properly, the rest of the spin and body will follow suit.  The Atlas by itself is a very important bone, your head is supported by the Atlas and it is the vertebrae that allows you to nod your head up and down. You are able to turn your head solely because of the joint between your Atlas and the Axis. Without these two bones, there are many things you and your spine would not be able to do. Going to an Upper Cervical doctor to care for these bones is as important as seeing a dentist for the care of your teeth.

There are many functions and structures of your body that can be directly affected by a misaligned C1 or C2 vertebrae including:

  • Vertebral Arteries – These arteries run up the side of your spine and directly around the C1 to your brain. A misalignment in your C1 can put pressure on one of these arteries and disrupt blood flow to your brain, which studies have shown to be the cause of the intensity and frequency of headaches and migraines.
  • The Dura Mater – A membrane sack encloses the brain and spinal cord, called the Dura Mater, and is attached to the Atlas and the Axis. A misalignment in this area can place pressure on the Dura Mater, interfering with the production and containment of cerebral spinal fluid.
  • Your Neck Muscles – When your spine is misaligned, your muscles will work to counter the effects of a crooked or twisted spine, placing additional stress on some muscles over others. Tension, stiffness, pain, and even headaches form because of this imbalance.
  • Your TMJ – The TMJ is your jaw joint; it is only ¾ of an inch from the Atlas and the only thing holding it in place is soft tissue. Movement of your TMJ can be affected by the position of the Atlas and issues with your jaw can occur.
  • The C1 and C2 Nerve Roots – Located at the base of your skull, sitting above and below the Atlas vertebrae, are the C1 and C2 nerve roots. These nerves can find themselves easily pinched or swell from pressure from misaligned vertebrae causing an cervicogenic headache.
  • Your Eustachian Tubes – More commonly known as the ear canal, your Eustachian Tubes, can become blocked because of an out of position Atlas or Axis. When your ear canal is blocked off, fluid builds up, causing an ear infection.
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13 11, 2017

6 Tips For A Healthier Halloween

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The stores have had the shelves stocked for weeks now and the decorations are being pulled out of storage – Halloween will be here before we know it. It can be a dreaded time for parents with the influx of candy in the home. Trying to regulate the sugar intake of your little ones who are excited by their bounty may be difficult so here are some tips for ensuring a healthier Halloween for you and your family.

  1. Go Teal. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way for others to consider that not all children are allowed to enjoy the candy that is distributed during Halloween, like those with allergies. Reduce the risk of having leftover candy after Halloween passes by going Teal. You can distribute glow sticks, stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, or other little goodies to benefit the needs of others and reduce the amount of candy in your own home.
  2. Make Ground Rules. Before Halloween night comes and goes, discuss with your little ones the rules of eating their bounty of candy, such as only one piece a night or after permission.
  3. Do A Treat Exchange. In order to reduce the candy consumption in your post-Halloween household, you could take part in a treat exchange or turn in. You can offer a toy, game, book, or even an app download in exchange for a certain amount of candy. There are also several Halloween candy buyback programs that collect excess candy that are commonly held by local dentists.
  4. Schedule Limited Trick or Treat Times. Avoid trick or treating towards the end of the night. That’s when other parents are attempting to off-load as much candy as possible to reduce the amount of excess candy in their own home.
  5. Eat Well. The day of Halloween, ensure your kids eat three full protein-based meals before heading out for candy collecting. Having a full belly will help to cut back on the desire to snack on candy while trick-or-treating.
  6. Candy For Dinner! Well, not exactly… Having a piece of candy at the same time as a regular meal will help reduce the risk of tooth decay. The acids and sugar in candy has a better chance of washing away with the saliva and drinks consumed at dinner time. Eating a piece of candy by itself can leave bits of it stuck in your children’s teeth. If you do allow them a piece outside of meal time, have them swish some water around in their mouth to help reduce the risk of candy residue.
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13 11, 2017

Natural Ways To Reduce Anxiety

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Havin anxiety can greatly impact your life and your ability to live. Small moments seem big and big moments seem unbearable. No one wants to live each day with a knot in their chest and their heart feeling like it is going to give out, but nearly 40 million adult Americans suffer from some level of anxiety. When looking for alternatives or supplemental care for your anxiety, consider these five things that you may not have known could reduce your anxiety level or help to improve your general mood.

  1. Natural Sun

Just 15 minutes under in the sun can drastically improve levels of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is an important vitamin that controls mood levels, even those affecting a person’s anxiety or depression. Try as best as you can to get out for at least 15 minutes a day or a few times a day for at least 15 minutes at a time. Sit outside during your lunch break or park in the back of the parking lot to give you a chance to soak up some rays as you walk into the store.

  1. Exercise

Exercise allows the body and the brain to better cope when faced with stressors. Studies have shown that even something as light as a 10-minute walk can elevate a person’s mood. Go for a walk, a hike in the woods or anything you are comfortable doing physically.

  1. Lavender

Lavender is one of the most well-known plants with calming and relaxing properties. Lavender scents, lotions and oils are sold and used every day by millions of Americans. Get a massage with lavender essential oils for an increase in your mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety.

  1. Chamomile

Chamomile is well known for its calming effects. Studies have linked the consumption of chamomile to a number of health benefits including improved cardiovascular and immune system health. Chamomile is also used in capsules and in tea to reduce anxiety.

  1. Omega-3

Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids, or “good fats” that our body needs (it is not produced by the body) for proper function. Omega-3’s are commonly found in fish and nuts, and have been proven to lower risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Omega-3’s also affects the production of serotonin, adrenaline, and cortisol. Abnormal levels of these chemicals in the body can product anxiety or mood disorders.

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13 11, 2017

The Benefits Of Upper Cervical For Aging Patients

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Walkers, canes, and nursing homes don’t have to be in your future. You deserve to live a vibrant and restriction-free life late into your golden years. Including upper cervical chiropractic care in your healthcare regime can provide numerous benefits throughout your life, especially in your older age.

Strengthened Immune System

The goal of Upper Cervical is to correct subluxations in the spine that are weakening the body’s central nervous system, which controls the immune system and all bodily functions. When the spine is misaligned, the body may find it more difficult to fight off infections, get a good night’s rest, or even properly digest food.  Getting routine upper cervical checks is much like changing the oil in a car – its helps keep things running smoothly. A strong immune system is important to have in our later years, when it seems like our body is beginning to break down.

Pain Relief

Much of pain that people feel stems from subluxations in the spine that branches out through the rest of the body. Upper cervical doctors will locate the underlying cause of your pain and reduce the effects it has on your nervous system by performing a correction, or alignment. Many people are surprised by the effect a simple correction can have, for some it is life changing. Aches, arthritis pains, back pains, pains from injuries – most patients report that the intensity of their pains have faded or are eliminated completely.

Improved Movement

A corrected spine has a wider range of flexibility than one plagued with misalignments. The increased flexibility doesn’t stop at the spine either, it branches down to other parts of the body. Without the limitations of pain, our patients enjoy more freedom of movement than they have before. They are able to bend over and pick of their grandchildren, spend time in their garden, or talk a walk to enjoy the sights.

Increased Balance

Balance issues and falls are some of the most common causes of injuries in the older population. Over time, untreated misalignments can cause a person’s spine to become twisted or one side of the hip to raise to compensate, leaving the body disposed to imbalance. The joint receptors in the spine inform the body of balance and coordination issues but if these receptors are receiving interference from subluxations, they cannot properly warn the body to prevent a fall.

Although, naturally the body slows and weakens some as we age, we should be doing everything in our power to keep our bodies as strong as possible for as long as possible. Eating right, getting a healthy amount of exercise, and getting medical check-ups or taking medication are all things people do to take care of their body. Upper cervical alignments are completely natural and have held thousands upon thousands of individuals improve their life. Why not try to ensure your body is completely taken care of?

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13 11, 2017

Tips To Stay Healthy This Flu And Cold Season

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You may have seen the signs pop up at local pharmacies about flu shots available within and to get your shot today. Flu season is upon us and many people have different opinions on whether or not flu shots are necessary or even helpful. Where ever you may stand on the line regarding flu shots, it is important to remember that your body is a magnificent creation that is a complex system capable of many great feats and in order to maintain prime functionality, you need to take care of it. Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy during the cold and flu season this year.

  • Eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. In order for your body to perform at its prime, you need to take care of it. The proper nutrition, rest, and fitness all help your body to maintain a health immune system and quick response to invading germs.
  • Wash your hands. This applies more often than after using the restroom. If you have spent your day at work around others (who may not be as aware of being germ free as you are) you should wash your hands after using shared items like handles in the breakroom, touching doorknobs or light switches especially before eating. Soap and water is best (for at least 20 seconds) but if not readily available, an alcohol based sanitizer will suffice.
  • Avoid touching your face. Primarily your eyes, nose, or mouth. Without even realizing it, on average a person touches their face 2,000 to 3,000 times a day (that’s 2 to 5 times a minute!). You can easily pick up a virus off of a shared object (handrail, doorknob, countertop, etc.) and then touch your face without even giving it a second thought. This is why washing your hands is so important to your health.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. It may not be possible for everyone to stay home when they are feeling under the weather or they may not think that they are contagious. Avoid shaking hands or being near someone with signs of a cold (sniffling, sneezing, or coughing).
  • If you have allergies, get them under control. Untreated allergy symptoms can actually weaken your respiratory system, as it is already inflamed, and leave it more susceptible to a viral infection.
  • See your upper cervical chiropractor. In addition to seeing your regular physician, you should stop by your upper cervical doctor’s office. The goal of upper cervical care is to ensure your spine is properly aligned, allowing your central nervous system to operate at its prime. Your central nervous system controls your immune system, if one fails, so will the other.
  • Cover your mouth and wash your hands afterwards. Avoid spreading your germs to others and be sure to wash your hands after you cover your mouth/nose for a cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are ill. If you can, limit your interactions with others while sick to reduce spreading your illness.
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13 11, 2017

5 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System

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Now that kids are back to school, they are going to be exposed to more (and new) germs and in no time the height of flu season will be upon us. This time of year is the perfect time to implement new changes and routines to better the health and immune system of your children. Here are five easy ways to help boost your child’s immune system while setting them up with healthy habits for life.

  1. Serve Whole, Nutrient-Dense Foods

Proper nutrition really is the foundation of a healthy life. Foods like these below are packed with nutrients and vitamins meant to keep the body functioning smoothly.

Leafy Greens                                    Broccoli                                    Cabbage                                Berries

Peppers                                              Asparagus                                Salmon                                  Beans

Sweet potatoes                             Carrots                                      Pumpkins                              Eggs

Walnuts                                             Avocados                                  Scallops                                 Oysters

Brown Rice                                      Lentils                                        Sardines                                Bananas

Black Beans                                    Oranges                                     Flax Seed                              Chia Seeds

Sunflower Seeds                          Greek Yogurt                         Wheat Germ                       Peanut Butter

Shiitake Mushrooms

Have a picky eater? You are not alone! For foods that seem too foreign for your child’s current palate, try blending them in a smoothie, adding them to a sauce or soup, bake them into a muffin, or come up with a way to make their favorite dish but with a twist.

  1. Take Probiotics and Daily Vitamins

It is common for children to not get the appropriate amounts of vitamins needed each day, especially for picky eaters. Daily vitamins come in a variety of flavors and styles (chewable, gummies, sour candies) so it won’t seem like such a chore to take one, plus it ensures your child’s daily nutritional needs are met.

Also, there is a correlation between lowered immune response and an imbalance of intestinal bacteria. This is a good bacteria that is needed to properly break down the food we eat so that nutrients can be absorbed by the body. Taking antibiotics when sick can reduce these good bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotics help to keep the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.

  1. Spend Time In The Sun

Exposure to sunlight is a necessary part of healthy development in children. After school or during some downtime on a weekend, go for a walk, play a game outside, or go for a swim. By being outside in the sunlight, the body is able to produce vitamin D which helps your body to absorb other nutrients like calcium. As a bonus, having your kids play outside for at least 30 minutes a day provides a way for them to burn off some energy and be active.

  1. Get Plenty Of Sleep

Sleep provides a way for the body to recuperate from a day’s adventures. Getting enough sleep is linked to a healthy immune system. While sleeping the body works to stave off illnesses and even allows the body to heal and recover from an illness. Below is the recommended hours of sleep needed for each age group determined by the National Sleep Foundation.

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64):  7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours
  1. Get Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments

Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is a natural, holistic approach to keeping the body healthy. Upper Cervical adjustments are ways to correct subluxations in the spine that wreak havoc throughout the body and the immune system. Upper Cervical is different from regular chiropractic treatments in that there is no popping or cracking of the spine. Corrections are relatively pain free and safe for all ages.

In addition to this list, the best way to improve your child’s immune system is to lead by example. They are more likely to make healthy choices that will improve their health if you are doing it too.

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13 11, 2017

Unexpected Health Benefits Of Upper Cervical Chiropractic

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Many patients of upper cervical and chiropractic care are brought to our office because of an injury or pain in their backs or necks. However, upper cervical chiropractic care provides other health benefits than just pain relief. Although upper cervical corrects misalignments in the top two vertebrae, the effect it has reverberates throughout the whole of the body.

Better Heart Health

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics revealed that some chiropractic patients have a lower heart rate after receiving an adjustment, even as early as the first one. Chiropractic care works well as supplemental treatment so those with high blood pressure or other heart issues may consider adding upper cervical chiropractic care to their health regime.

Increased Balance

Your inner ear is responsible for maintaining your balance. When your spine is out of misalignment, especially at the top of your vertebrae, the head is not properly positioned. Even a slight misalignment can shift where the head sits on your spine. As a result, your inner ear’s interpretation of your surroundings is altered, causing imbalance. A correction to your spine can help to relive this issue and the dizziness or vertigo that commonly follows.

Improved Digestive Health

Your central nervous system controls many things, including your digestion. The nerves that help aid digestion are near the middle and lower back. Pressure from the spine on this region can create disruptions in digestion such as irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivities, upset stomach, etc. So, if you are having digestive troubles, stop by our office for some relief.

Reproductive Health Benefits

Trouble conceiving can lie at the fault with issues in the central nervous system. It is the part of your body that controls all functions and communication between the brain and the rest of you. The goal of upper cervical care is to diminish interference within the central nervous system so that it can function properly. Need more convincing? The American Pregnancy Association encourages chiropractic care to relieve fertility issues. In addition, once you do get pregnant, there are many more benefits of continuing your care through the next 40 weeks. Chiropractic care can reduce back pain caused by your pregnancy and even make child birth go a little bit more smoothly.

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13 11, 2017

Treating The Full Extent Of The Injuries Caused By A Concussion

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A concussion is when the brain becomes injured due to being slammed around inside the skull. Concussions are typically caused by a blow to the head but can also stem from being severely shaken and depending on the severity of the damage, the concussion can last from a few days to weeks.

Unfortunately, in many cases those who are diagnosed with a concussion are not treated for damage or injury to the neck. If a force is great enough to move your head (which is 10 to 14 pounds) then it is more than great enough to shift the vertebrae it sits upon (which is only three ounces in comparison). The shifting of the neck vertebrae is considered a misalignment and it can have serious repercussions for the body.

Your spine protects your spinal cord, which is an intricate system of nerves that are responsible for all of the communication to your body. It controls your immune system, emotions, vision, hearing, balance, breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, muscle tension, hormones, and every other function; all of which can be disrupted when the vertebrae in your spine.

Common side effects of a misalignment are headaches and back/neck pain, but a misalignment can cause more severe issues throughout the body. A shifted vertebra causes the rest of the body to shift as well in order to compensate for the imbalance of the weight of the head. The spine can become twisted and the hip can raise on only one side which can cause pain through the lower half of the body and can make bending or lifting difficult. A shifted hip can result in one leg to shorten while the other lengthen, leading to abnormal movements and unnecessary wear on the body. The stress of a misalignment in the spine can cause an illness to take hold in an affected individual. A single concussion can have many repercussions throughout one’s body, especially if it is not fully treated.

Another major concern is pressure around the brain and brain stem which can result in a severe interference in nerve transmission. This can manifest as a wide range of symptoms and health problems, one of which that can affect the dura matter. The dura matter is the sack that surrounds the brain, the brain stem, and the spinal cord; it is connected to the skull and inside the top two vertebrae (called the Atlas and the Axis) in the neck. From the Atlas and the Axis, the dura matter continues down the spinal cord, hanging loosely around the spinal cord until it balloons around the bottom of the spine.

Inside the dura matter, is a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CFS) that serves as a cushion around the brain and spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid is produced in the brain and then fills up in the balloon-like dura matter around the brain and spinal cord. CFS is continuously produced and replenished by the brain. After a concussion, a misalignment is common; it is also very detrimental to your dura matter and the CFS held within.

A misalignment can twist the dura matter closed, sealing off the bottom half of the dura matter like a balloon animal. The problem with this is, the brain will continue to make cerebrospinal fluid. With the bottom half of the dura matter cut off, the cerebrospinal fluid will fill up around the brain while the CFS depletes around the spinal cord. This will create an immense pressure build up around the brain which can cause headaches, migraines, dizziness, impaired cognitive abilities, and even emotional and behavioral issues. In severe cases, the pressure around the brain can build up above the brain, pushing it down into the opening of the skull where the brain stem exits the skull.

It is important that you seek additional care from an Upper Cervical Doctor after being diagnosed with a concussion. An Upper Cervical Doctor is a chiropractor who specializes in the upper two vertebrae in the spine, the Atlas and the Axis; the vertebrae in your neck on which your head sits.

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13 11, 2017

Natural Methods For Treating Colic

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Colic affects 20-25% of all newborn children and experts still are unable to determine the root cause of what causes colic in newborns. Having a colicky baby can be stressful for parents to see their child upset and in pain and be able to do very little about it. But what if there was something you could do, and it was safe and natural, would you try it?

How to Identify Colic

All babies cry, especially newborns; however, colic is more intense sessions of crying. Some experts believe that colic stems from issues in the digestive system, such as gas, reflux, or food sensitivity/allergies. Others suspect non-digestive causes such as overstimulation or exposure to tobacco smoke. However it may come to be, pediatricians use the “Rule of 3’s” to identify and diagnose colic:

  • Your baby has a loud, piercing cry that began around 3 weeks of age,
  • The cry lasts for more than 3 hours,
  • The crying sessions occur at least 3 times a week, and
  • Continues for 3 weeks.

How does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care help with colic?

New parents, and even veteran parents, may have many questions about bringing their newborn to an upper cervical chiropractic doctor. To start, it is important to understand what upper cervical chiropractic care does. The central nervous system (which is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord) is responsible for all communication to all parts of the body, from interpreting pain, fighting illnesses to digesting food. When the atlas or axis (the top two vertebrae of the spine), is out of position, something we call a subluxation or misalignment, it causes stress on the nerves and receptors around it, interfering with the central nervous system’s communication and ability to heal the body. Correcting the subluxations is safe and gentle; it also allows the central nervous system (and the rest of the body) to properly function.

There is also research linking the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care and colic in babies. A study that was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics collected data from parental reviews over a three-month period of the effect chiropractic care had on their colicky baby. 94% of the parents reported they experience a positive improvement in their situation. The same journal published another study in which there was a 67% decrease in crying for babies who were treated with chiropractic care versus only 38% of the babies who were given dimethicone, an anti-gas medication, instead.

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13 11, 2017

Why Back Surgery May Be Unnecessary or Ineffective

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Every year there are over half a million back surgeries in America but some research is turning up that many of these back surgeries are unnecessary or ineffective. With such an aggressive form of treatment, you owe it to yourself to make sure that surgery is your best and only option for recovery.

Some of the most common types of back surgery are:

  • Discectomy: The partial removal of a herniated disc and the removal of the back portion of a vertebra
  • Laminectomy: The removal of the bone covering the spinal cord
  • Fusion: The connection of two or more vertebrae
  • Implantation: The installation of artificial discs

Back pain is extremely common, in fact, it is one of the top reasons for individuals on disability. Nearly 80% of Americans suffer from some amount of back pain in their life. While back pain may come and go or fade away over time, many individuals suffer from chronic recurring, pain. It’s usually these individuals who look to surgery as a means to stop their pain. Since 2001, spinal fusion procedures have increased by 70%.

Mounting Evidence Against Back Surgery

What they may not realize is that back surgery may not actually be the answer for them. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Back surgery can help relieve some causes of back pain, but it’s rarely necessary,” and that “back pain is extremely common, and surgery often fails to relieve it.”

Several studies have been conducted on spinal fusion and the effect it has on relieving the pain of its patients. These results of these studies have concluded that the surgery was no better option than alternative nonsurgical treatment options including exercise, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. The pain was reduced or completely went away for both patients of surgical and nonsurgical options.

A clinical trial conducted by the Stockholm Spine Center in Sweden, and later published in the New England Journal of Medicine, compared the results of patients with spinal stenosis, pinched nerves caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal. About half of the patients also had spondylolisthesis, or a slipped disk. The patients either underwent spinal fusion surgery (the connection of two or more vertebrae) or were assigned to undergo a less complicated, decompression surgery (which opens the spinal canal by removing of the lamina, the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal).

Two to five years after the surgery, there was no significant difference between the quality of life or the ability to walk between either group. The only difference was the patients who underwent the fusion surgery had a longer stay in the hospital (7.4 days versus 4.1 days), spent a longer time on the operating table, lost more blood during surgery, and spent more on the cost of the surgery.

Another study published by Spine, data from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation database was reviewed. The data showed that there were 1,450 patients with disk degeneration, disk herniation, and/or nerve disease. Close to 50% of these patients were treated by spinal fusion surgery while the other half did not undergo surgery. Two years after treatment, only 26% of the patients who had surgery were able to go back to work and 67% of those who did not have surgery returned to work. In addition, 41% of those who underwent spinal fusion saw an increased use in painkillers.

Before Committing to Surgery

Be sure that you have asked your doctor the following questions and do not be afraid to seek a second opinion. 30% of those who have sought a second opinion found that the second doctor disagreed with surgical treatment recommendations.

  • What kind of operation is it? What will be done during the procedure?
  • Why is the operation necessary?
  • What are my risks and benefits of having the surgery?
  • Are there other, more conservative, treatment options available?
  • What are the risks and benefits of seeking other treatment?

HOW AN UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTOR CAN HELP

Typically, individuals seek their primary care doctors when in pain and from there are referred straight to a surgeon while will advise you to have surgery. And with the mounting evidence against the success or need for back surgeries, a chiropractor should be your first visit. Chiropractors are experts in musculoskeletal conditions while primary care doctors usually are not. It is the goal of chiropractic care to correct problems of the spine by correcting the misalignments in the vertebrae that are pinching the nerves in your back. An upper cervical chiropractor is a chiropractic doctor who focuses on the upper vertebrae in your spine, the atlas and the axis. Corrections made to these vertebrae will cause the rest of the spine to follow suit – and the corrections are made without any popping, cracking, or twisting. Treatment is generally pain free and has a far better success rate than surgery.

Please note: This post is intended for educational purposes and is not meant to be used in place of medical advice.

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13 11, 2017

Healthy Spine, Healthy Life

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Overall a healthy spine means a healthy life. Your spine is literally the backbone of your health – it protects your central nervous system. Your central nervous system is made up of the mind and the spinal cord and controls all of your bodily functions from healing a cut to breathing and walking. If there is any interference, your central nervous system isn’t able to properly function. When this happens, your health can decline. Taking care of your spine is easier than you would think, just 5 simple ways to live a better life.

  1. Hydration

Your body is made up of 60% of water and it needs water in order to properly function. It is recommended to drink eight 8oz glasses of water (64oz) a day; another recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 160 pounds then you should drink 80 ounces of water. Either way, staying hydrated is the first key to your health. Your spinal discs, the sacs of fluid between the vertebrae is mostly water and if not properly hydrated will shrink. As a result, movement will become uncomfortable or even painful.

  1. Nourishment

Eating healthy can be difficult; usually if it tastes good, it is bad for us. But there are ways to eat a balanced diet to ensure that our body gets the nutrients it needs for cellular growth, muscle function, and spinal health. Without the proper vitamins and nutrients, your body will not perform at its prime. It would be like using regular motor oil instead of when the owner’s manual specifies using synthetic – it works but things may not perform at their best or for long.

  1. Strengthen

The best way to ensure that you have a health spine is to have a strong spine. This does not mean that you have to go out and “pump iron” for an hour a day. Your goal should be to strengthen your core. The core is a muscle group that is comprised of your abdominal muscles, your spinal muscles, and the muscles located at the floor of your pelvis. A strong core means that your spine is protected by the surrounding muscle groups from injuries caused by incorrect lifting or poor posture. Doing regular core strengthening exercises will produce a stronger back and reduce lower back pain.

  1. Stretch

In addition to strengthening your muscles you will also need to stretch them. Limber muscles are less likely to be injured such as a pulled or torn muscle. There are a number of ways to stretch your spine and surrounding muscles. A popular exercise, Yoga, is not your only choice. There a numerous stretches that you can perform while working at your desk at work such as standing up and reaching for the ceiling and the bending over and reaching for your toes. Then bend at your side and reach above your head with your outside arm. The goal is to reach out as far as you can so that you can feel the muscles stretching.

  1. Upper Cervical Care

Getting regular adjustments from an Upper Cervical Doctor isn’t just a gimmick. There are numerous health benefits of making sure your spine is well taken care of. Getting an adjustment is much like seeing a dentist regularly even when you don’t have a cavity. You go to prevent issues from arising. Why not just go to a regular chiropractor then? Well with the care provided by and Upper Cervical Doctor, there is no popping, cracking, twisting, or pushing of your spine. Our method is more advanced and essentially pain free.

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13 11, 2017

Why Do I Feel So Sore After an Adjustment?

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You’ve just started seeing an upper cervical doctor and have had a few adjustments. You are feeling great, better than you have in years! But recently you have had some pain, an old injury flare up; perhaps something you haven’t had to deal with in years. You wonder what is going on and why you are feeling this pain and discomfort. You should be feeling great – that’s what they said at your last visit. So, why is this happening and is it normal?

Retracing

What you are experiencing is, in fact, a normal side effect called “retracing”. Not all patients of upper cervical care will experience retracing but it is not so uncommon that it is unheard of or worrisome.

Retracing is the experience in flare-ups or an increase in your symptoms. You may feel discomfort, aches, or even dizziness after an adjustment. This does not mean you will always feel this way after every adjustment, just that you do feel this way after your most current adjustment.

Why does retracing happen?

The body has the ability to heal itself and when your spine is properly aligned, its ability to do so is maximized. However, the healing process has its good moments, better moments, and not so great moments. Once you begin to focus on your body’s healing, old injuries may flare up as years of compensation begin to come undone.

Think of it as starting a new diet and exercise regime. At first, your body isn’t sure how to react and you may feel sore after a workout or still hungry after a meal. Instead of quitting, you have to buckle down and stay focused on your new regime, and soon you will realize that you aren’t as sore after a workout and the weights aren’t as heavy. You will also notice that the meals are more filling and that your metabolism has increased.

This is the same with your upper cervical care. You can’t stop going just because the going got a little tough. Typically retracing will only last 3 to 5 days and does not reoccur after every adjustment. It also does not affect every person who gets an adjustment.

What to do if you are experiencing retracing?

If you are one of the few who experience retracing after an adjustment, be rest assured that there is not anything wrong with you. Take it easy, don’t push yourself and get plenty of rest. Be sure to stay hydrated and eat healthy – your body needs the proper nourishment to continue your healing. If the pain or discomfort becomes too unbearable, take an ibuprofen or use a heating pad.

Don’t give up on your upper cervical care. Too often people think retracing is a sign that the adjustments are not working when in reality, it is just the opposite. Continue your treatment and advise your doctor if you are experiencing retracing symptoms so that they can consider this reaction in your treatment plan.

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13 11, 2017

7 Ways to Effectively Boost Your Nervous System

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The Central Nervous System is a complex system that is one of the most important parts of your body. It is what controls your whole body and mind. Your vital functions like breathing and your heart beating to other bodily functions like eating, hydrating, and eliminating waste are all controlled by your Central Nervous System. Your Central Nervous System also controls your immune system, your mood and emotions, and your reaction to internal and external stimuli.

If your Central Nervous System is damaged or faces any interference, your body can suffer for it. So, it is best to do what you can to take care of it. There are a number of foods, nutrients, and therapies you can try to keep your Central Nervous System Balanced and operating properly.

Beneficial Foods

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an affordable staple with numerous health benefits. The nutrients in oatmeal work to stabilize the nervous system and can calm irritability and mild anxiety, relieve insomnia, and increase mental performance.

  • Baker’s Yeast

Surprising, and little known, baker’s yeast is packed full of B vitamins and can be taken as a nutritional supplement. As a result, it can combat depression, anxiety, stress, and reduced appetite.

  • Superfoods

Superfoods are essentially foods that are packed with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that provide numerous benefits for the body and mind.

  • Chia Seeds: Being pumped fully of Omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins and other essential minerals, means that chia seeds are the superfood of superfoods that help with cognitive function, combat depression, and help keep the mind calm and focused.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Foods high in Omega-3s have been shown to strengthen neuron functions and improve nerve transmissions.

Magnesium

A deficiency in magnesium can put the Central Nervous System out of balance and cause anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, and panic attacks. You can either take a magnesium supplement or eat some of the following foods that are rich in magnesium:

  • Cocoa/ Dark Chocolate
  • Green Leafy Vegetables: Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard
  • Nuts: Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, and Hazelnuts
  • Fruit: Banana, Melon, Avocado, Plum, Apricot
  • Legumes: Lentils and Peas
  • Brown Rice
  • Oats
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins

Sunlight

Exposure to sunlight is an easy, natural way to expose yourself to vitamin D which is vital to your overall health and nervous system. Just be careful to not get a sunburn!

Walk Outside… Barefoot

It may seem odd but studies have actually been conducted on this. Walking barefoot through the grass or on a sandy beach have shown to improve blood viscosity, reduce stress, increase sleep, and balance your nervous system. Contact with the Earth’s surface transfers electrons to your body which promotes healthy physiological changes.

Water Therapy

Exposure to water at various temperatures can balance your nervous system. The alternating temperatures will play on the firing of your nerve endings, allowing them to refresh themselves. There are a few methods you can employ:

  • Cool, Wet Rubs: Run a cool, wet washcloth quickly along the following patterns: hand to shoulder, foot to groin, then your torso. Immediately dress warmly after rubbing down your torso.
  • Magnesium Sulfate Baths: Add magnesium sulfate to your next bath for a more relaxing and vitalizing twist on your regular routine.
  • Cold Shower: End your regular shower with a rush of cold water but avoid dipping your head under the cold water.
  • Arm Baths: Fill two sinks, buckets, or run water from the faucet if nothing else is available; one with hot water and the other with cold. You will alternate placing each one of your arms into the hot water and then the cold. You can repeat the arm bath but be sure to end with a cold bath. So, left arm: hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold/ right arm: hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold.

Manage Stress

Stress can be harmful to your body and mind in several ways. Follow some of these tips to de-stress and keep your nervous system healthy.

  • Deep Breathing: Sit or lie in a comfortable position and place your hands on your abdomen. Inhale through your nose, hold for three seconds, and then exhale through your mouth completely. Repeat for 5-10 minutes and try to perform deep breathing exercises 2-3 times a day.
  • Yoga or Mediation: Yoga is an exercise that will not only strengthen your body and increase your flexibility but it will also help you to focus and reduce stress. The goal of mediation is to put yourself in a reduced stress state where you can clear your mind and be problem free, even if just for the moment.
  • Get Up and Move: A quick exercise or stretch can do wonders to clear your mind.
  • Show Yourself Some Love: Indulge yourself every now and again. Whether it’s getting a massage, facial, a pedicure, or making that purchase you have been holding back on (so long as it will not create a financial strain – your goal is to release stress, not create it!).

See an Upper Cervical Doctor

When your neck and spine vertebrae are misaligned, the effect on your nervous system can be detrimental and cause a number of issues ranging from pain, and headaches to more severe issues of depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. Having a skilled Upper Cervical Doctor re-allign your vertebrae will correct many of the issues you are having and will provide you with a healthier central nervous system.

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13 11, 2017

How Upper Cervical Care Can Curb Your Depression

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Everyone is capable of feeling sadness and grief, these types of feelings are normal and even healthy to experience. Depression is a disease that affects your body, your mind, and your thoughts; you experience extensive periods of sadness and loss of interest of things you once cared for. Depression affects how a person feels, thinks, eats, and sleeps.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), around 16 million U.S. adults suffer from some form of depression, a number that may not truly reflect the reach of this disease because of the stigma that is attached to depression and mental health issues. Many more people may be suffering from depression who are not seeking any type of medical help.

For those who are seeking a supplementation to their current treatment or those who do not wish to take pharmaceuticals as treatment, there is something that can help with your depression symptoms– Upper Cervical Care.

Upper Cervical Care focuses on treating the subluxations of the spine, primarily the top vertebrae – the Atlas and the Axis, and the resulting issues within the Central Nervous System the subluxations caused. When the subluxations are removed, the spine is properly aligned and the Central Nervous System is able to properly function at its prime.

The Central Nervous System controls the body and the mind; it interprets our environment and commands the body to act accordingly (e.g. when it is hot, we sweat as a means to cool off). The Central Nervous System is also in charge of our vital bodily functions such as breathing, pumping blood, feeling hungry or thirsty; and it is commands our emotions (happiness, sadness, anxiety, nervousness) and controls the release of hormones.

When your Central Nervous System properly functions, there is improved control of your moods and deeper than that, there is better control of the hormones released in your brain – and therefore an improvement in your depression symptoms.

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13 11, 2017

Ten Tips To Drink More Water

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Water is the source of life. Don’t believe it? Our bodies are made up of 60% water and the Earth is made up of 71% of water. Water is essential to our health and well-being and it is important to ensure that our bodies are properly hydrated, especially in this Florida heat.

Did you know it is recommended to consume eight 8oz glasses of water per day? This simple rule is sometimes hard to remember so it has been given the nickname “The 8×8 Rule”. This may seem like a lot to some but if you think about it 64oz is close as drinking about 3.5 20oz-bottles of soda a day or 5 12oz-cups of coffee. You can easily surpass this daily goal by drinking 4 bottles of water.

If you still think you will have trouble consuming the daily dose of H20, here are ten tips to make sure that you drink plenty of water.

  1. Add flavor. There are several types of products on the market to flavor your water but you can easily change up the taste of your glass by adding fruit like a lemon or mint leaves, or for something sweeter, try strawberries.
  2. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Having the water near at hand will help to ensure that’s what you reach for when you are thirsty. Use a reusable bottle to fill up while you are on the go and if you are concerned with the quality of public water, get a reusable bottle with a built-in filter.
  3. Make it a habit. Pick something you do often throughout the day, like taking a bathroom break, and drink a glass of water after doing so. Eventually, drinking water will become part of your routine.
  4. Wake up with it. Drinking water first thing in the morning is the perfect start to your day. As an added bonus, it is a gently way of waking your digestive system after a nighttime of fasting.
  5. Drink water with a fizz. This is especially helpful for those with a soda addiction. Learn to curb your cravings for that carbonated beverage by drinking sparkling or mineral water. It still counts towards your daily water intake and you still get that bubbly taste.
  6. Track your usage with an app. For many people utilizing technology in our daily tasks is as common as breathing. Download an app that will help you to track the amount of water you drink daily. The plus side is most apps will allow you to set a goal and send you reminders when you get close or are falling behind.
  7. Drink before you eat. This tip not only helps you make drinking water a habit but if you have weight loss goals or are keeping calories in mind, drinking water will make you feel more full so you do not overeat (which is especially helpful if you are eating out where portions are typically larger).
  8. Mark your bottle. Or buy it marked with ounces or times. This will help you to set a goal of drinking “x” amount of water by lunch time.
  9. Make yourself a mixed drink. And we don’t mean alcoholic. Water down your usual drink of lemonade, juice, or tea to “sneak” in some water into your routine. As an extra bonus, you will consume less sugar!
  10. Eat it! If you feel that you are always drinking something and need a break, try eating water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon (92% water), grapefruit (91%), cucumber (96%), or zucchini (95%). Incorporate these foods into a meal or eat them by themselves as a healthy snack.
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13 11, 2017

The Answer To Your Heath Problem May Be In Your Posture

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You may not realize it but your posture can affect the overall health of your body. Standing, sitting, or even lifting incorrectly can impact your posture and your health. You may initially notice back or neck pain followed my muscle stiffness and fatigue after spending too long sitting in a hunched position or standing all day.

When you have bad posture, you are forcing one part of your body to work harder to compensate for the twist or bend in your spine. Over time, the muscles not being properly worked can become atrophied. Poor posture can cause your overall health to dwindle as well.

Think of your spine as a garden hose and the water flowing through it is the communication between your central nervous system and your body. When a hose is free of kinks, the water flows freely and without interruption, but if the hose becomes kinked or pinched, the water slows or stops altogether. The same happens when you have poor posture. If your spine is not sitting correctly in its natural curve, it will act as a kinked hose; interrupting the signals between your body and central nervous system.

Your spine protects your spinal cord which is a key component in your central nervous system, which is in charge of your body’s immune system among other functions. If your body is unable to properly send signals to your central nervous system, it will not receive the care that it needs to fight of disease.

Poor posture is linked to chronic pain, deeper depressions, digestive issues, increased risk for diabetes, decreased circulation, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, weight issues, increased stress, headaches/migraines, reduced lung function, and becoming susceptible to other diseases or illnesses.

Posture can also affect you outside of your health including in the work place by affecting your workplace productivity, advancement, and career success.

So, remember that whether you are sitting or standing to keep your back straight, shoulders back and chin up. If you have been sitting for a long period of time, take a break and move around. This will not only allow you to stretch your muscles and correct your posture but to also improve your circulation and lung function that is affected by long periods of sitting crouched over.

If you are having a hard time maintaining correct posture, this could be from the muscle stiffness and fatigue from too long spent in a poor positioning. Visiting an upper cervical chiropractor can help you to get your body back on the right track.

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13 11, 2017

3 Ways Your Posture Is Affecting Your Success

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Many American workers spend a large portion of their day sitting, usually slumped in front of a computer. Others spend their work hours standing or walking constantly and there are those who perform manual labor that requires them to lift, bend, twist, or carry something heavy. Whatever the worktime assignment, your back and spine takes the brunt of the abuse, affecting your regular posture. A poor posture can actually affect your mood, health, productivity, and even success.

Research shows that the majority of Americans spend only 36% of their day in good posture – that’s 64% of their day spent slouching. Women, surprisingly, have worse posture habits than men, by 20%.

Proper posture requires your head to be held up, your shoulders back and should reduce the strain on your muscles to support the rest of your body. When you maintain a proper posture, especially at particular times, you can be more successful. Here’s how:

  • Good Posture Increases Your Productivity

One of the leading reasons for decreased productivity is worker absence. When a company does not have the proper staff, they are not able to achieve workplace goals. Besides missing work for a cold, the second biggest reason for seeing a doctor is back pain. In fact, back pain is the number one listed reason for disability claims for individuals under 45.

Poor posture is linked to increased back and neck pain. When you sit or stand at work or at home with the proper posture, not only do you reduce the risk of having to miss work for a doctor visit, you will also see other health improvements that will increase your workplace productivity. Having a good posture can actually improve your mood, increase your energy levels, and help you to focus.

  • Good Posture Boosts Your Confidence

Keeping a “power pose”, which is with your head held high and your shoulders pulled back, for at least 30 minutes will trigger your body to release certain chemicals in the brain. Testosterone, a hormone linked to increased confidence and power, is released along with cortisol, a hormone that reduces stress levels.

  • Good Posture Reflects Authority

Increased confidence can reflect greater authority but maintaining good posture to reflect your power and success goes beyond just chemicals. Good posture is a form of body language that tells others that you are in charge, or someone that can be looked to for leadership.

Consider the animal kingdom, many animals poise themselves to appear larger than they really are to scare off predators and maintain control of their pack. Humans can mimic this behavior and utilize it in the workplace to guarantee their success by exuding confidence, power, and leadership skills to those around them, higher level employees in particular.

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