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15 04, 2024

How An Active Social Life Benefits Your Overall Health

2022-06-24T22:45:10+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 Health2022-06-24T22:45:10+00:00
15 03, 2024

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

2022-06-24T22:44:23+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.

 

Could Your Neck Pain Be The Result Of Poor Head Posture?2022-06-24T22:44:23+00:00
15 11, 2023

3 Tips To Pick The Right Pillow

2022-06-24T22:42:06+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.

3 Tips To Pick The Right Pillow2022-06-24T22:42:06+00:00