chiropractic

/Tag: chiropractic
1 08, 2022

How Upper Cervical Care Can Curb Your Depression

2022-06-24T22:32:03+00:00

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.

How Upper Cervical Care Can Curb Your Depression2022-06-24T22:32:03+00:00
15 07, 2022

Ten Tips To Drink More Water

2022-06-24T22:30:48+00:00

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.
Ten Tips To Drink More Water2022-06-24T22:30:48+00:00
30 06, 2022

The Answer To Your Heath Problem May Be In Your Posture

2022-06-23T19:53:26+00:00

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.

The Answer To Your Heath Problem May Be In Your Posture2022-06-23T19:53:26+00:00
23 06, 2022

3 Ways Your Posture Is Affecting Your Success

2022-06-23T19:30:55+00:00

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.

3 Ways Your Posture Is Affecting Your Success2022-06-23T19:30:55+00:00