Thursday, March 8, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The Natural State of Your Mind and Body is Health.
Most people think that how they feel is an indicator of how healthy they are. It’s not true. Let’s say you unknowingly eat some spoiled food. Later you get stomach cramps and vomit. You certainly don’t feel well, but thankfully your body is functioning correctly. Imagine the tragic consequences of taking a drug to calm your stomach, retaining the toxic food!
|Coughing, sneezing and even fevers may actually be signs that your body is working correctly: the definition of true health.|
Your brain, spinal cord and all of your nerves control and regulate your body. Every cell, tissue, organ and system (even your immune system!) take orders from your nervous system. Thus, true health is how well your nervous system is orchestrating the workings of your body. Compromises brain-to-body or body-to-brain communications can be the underlying cause of a variety of health problems.
How to Stay Well Naturally
Adopting a proactive approach to health is like brushing your teeth twice daily to prevent dental problems. While rescue measure healthcare may look heroic on television, the real "heroes" practice true "health" care every day of their lives!
There are several things you can do to create a proactive approach to stay well such as:
- Regular exercise – when was the last time a doctor gave you a prescription for exercise? Yet it is one of the most proactive things you can do.
- Proper nutrition – Many of us do not eat the healthy foods we need to ensure our overall health. We skimp on fruits and vegetables and load up on added sugars and bad fats.
- Adequate rest – Proper sleep balances your body's hormones, slows down the aging process and decreases risk factors associated with many illnesses.
- Chiropractic care – Keeping your nervous system in tip-top condition helps keep other systems and organs of your body working at their best.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Doing your best to stay naturally healthy doesn't just add life to your years…it can add years to your life. And with so much to see and do across the globe, who doesn't want to live longer and happier?
Here are a few suggestions to do just that.
Here are a few suggestions to do just that.
- Maintain an ideal posture. Aside from causing back or neck pain, poor alignment and postural deviations may suggest unresolved emotional issues.
- Shun alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco narrows the arteries and restricts blood circulation. Too much alcohol can counter any positive benefits.
- Cultivate your spiritual connection. Those who regularly worship, meditate or maintain their connection to God are shown to enjoy greater life expectancy.
- Accept what is. Make life the kind of adventure that will compel you to see how it all turns out!
- Eliminate unnecessary stress. Your ability to accommodate stress is based on the condition of your nervous system–this is one way regular chiropractic care may help you live longer.
- Keep it positive. The power of our thoughts and emotions are often overlooked.
- Avoid hospitals. Between hospital-acquired infections, unexpected drug interactions and just plain mistakes, hospitals can hurt, just as they can help.
- Have a purpose. If your goal is retirement, you better have a passionate reason for living. Serve. Donate your time. When you let up, you'll likely suffer a let down.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
DO: Choose a pillow that supports and maintains your neck’s natural curve. A pillow that is too soft doesn’t give your neck the support it needs, and pain can result.
DON’T: Bend your head down for any length of time to text or use another electronic device. Doing so can cause unnecessary strain and resulting pain.
DO: Perform regular strengthening and stretching neck exercises each day
DON’T: Burden your back and neck with a backpack, bag or briefcase that is too heavy. Lighten your load.
DO: Be conscious of how long you’re sitting. If you’re sitting for long periods, set a timer on your phone to get up and move so your muscles get some much-needed activity. Over-sitting can actually lead to pinched nerves and pain.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Technology is amazing when it keeps people connected but it comes at a price. Every year, more workers are experiencing tech neck symptoms due to prolonged periods working on the computer. We're All Spending Too Much Time Staring At Screens.
The act of holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen places your cervical spine in a tenuous position. Take care of your body, and do what you can to avoid neck pain, even if it means disconnecting from a constantly connected high-tech world.
Here a few simple steps to help you start:
* Designate time away from the computer each day
* While at work stand up every 20 minutes AND Take a 3 minutes walking rest break each hour, OR Stand up every 15 minutes & bounce around for a minute before sitting back down
* Sit in a chair with a headrest
* Block distracting sites that are making you spend more time on the computer
* Place your computer monitor directly in front of you, rather than off to the side
* Turn Off post notifications on your handheld device
* Use a voice-texting assistant
* Use predictive text functions, which suggest words for you as you type on your phone (You might also just make a phone call instead)
* Set up phone free periods each day
* Use a tablet holder
* Do not sit and watch TV all evening.
Friday, May 19, 2017
If you've never thought much about whether you’re sitting or standing stance is doing harm to your health, you might want to start before you find yourself in a bad mood.
As many people are finding themselves spending more time sitting slumped behind a screen or standing on their feet for hours on end without a break, paying attention to your posture is more important than ever. Here's why:
- Each time we lean forward 60 degrees, the stress placed on our neck is increased dramatically. This can lead to numbness, pain, pinched nerves and improper breathing—none of which are good for your mood! Stress on your neck can also lead to tense upper back and shoulder muscles, resulting in headaches which can be very frequent for some with poor posture.
- Your body language is closely related to posture. A slumped stance can make us appear sad, afraid or disinterested to peers leading to different treatment that can bring you down without even reali[z]ing it.
- In a 2015 article, researchers concluded that when facing a high-stress situation, study participants with good posture maintained a higher self-esteem and mood, while those with poor posture experienced heightened stress and used negative words to describe their experience.
- Prolonged static posture is the enemy. The healthy body can only tolerate staying in one position for about 20 minutes. That is why sitting on an airplane, at a desk in an office chair, or at a movie theatre becomes uncomfortable after a short time. Standing in one place, such as standing on a concrete floor at an assembly line for extended periods of time tends to cause back pain. Holding the same position slowly diminishes elasticity in the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the back). Then, stress builds up and causes back discomfort and/or leg discomfort.