Monday, January 8, 2018

So You Want to Live to 100?

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.
  1. Maintain an ideal posture. Aside from causing back or neck pain, poor alignment and

    postural deviations may suggest unresolved emotional issues.
  2. Shun alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco narrows the arteries and restricts blood circulation. Too much alcohol can counter any positive benefits.
  3. Cultivate your spiritual connection. Those who regularly worship, meditate or maintain their connection to God are shown to enjoy greater life expectancy.
  4. Accept what is. Make life the kind of adventure that will compel you to see how it all turns out!
  5. 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.
  6. Keep it positive. The power of our thoughts and emotions are often overlooked.
  7. Avoid hospitals. Between hospital-acquired infections, unexpected drug interactions and just plain mistakes, hospitals can hurt, just as they can help.
  8. 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

5 Do’s and Don’ts to Reduce Neck Pain

Poor sleeping, texting and other routine activities can literally be a pain in the neck. Here are some tips to remember that can help you avoid neck pain:

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

Tech Neck

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

Is Bad Posture Connected To Your Mood?

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.
Whenever you’re sitting at a computer, be conscious of your posture and keep your feet evenly planted on the ground.
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.

Get up and move

A way to improve your posture naturally is to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Are You Making Healthy Choices for your Spine?

Four Habits of a Happy Spine

We often experience pain when something isn't working properly. By that logic, feeling good would mean that everything is working fine, right? Not always. Because it's often easier to tell when your spine isn't as healthy as it could be, we'd like to share four habits of a happy, healthy spine.

1. It's carried well.

happy-spineFor a healthy spine, good posture is crucial. This doesn't mean just standing up straight when you're moving about, but also being conscious of how you sit when you're at work or home and even how you sleep in your bed.

2. There's always time for exercise.

A happy, healthy spine needs regular exercise to function well. So, what's the best way to exercise your spine? Work the muscles around it like your abs so they're strong enough to maintain its proper position.

3. It gets proper nutrients.

When we eat healthily, chances are we're more conscious of how it may help our clothes fit well than what it does for our nervous system. A healthy diet high in leafy greens and vegetables can help our body better accommodate stress and allow our nervous system to function optimally.

4. Your spine is well rested.

Not getting enough sleep each night can wreak havoc on our entire body—including our spine. Your spine helps you stay upright all day, and it needs its time to relax and rejuvenate just like the rest of you. Make sure your spine is supported during sleep and avoid stomach slumber when possible.

Friday, March 31, 2017


​Take notice of your posture. If you're on a computer or mobile device chances are good that you're slouching.


​Take notice of your posture. If you're on a computer or mobile device chances are good that you're slouching.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Move a Little

Sitting kills. We’ve heard the message loud and clear. “By bringing more movement into your non-exercise time, you can engage forgotten muscles & offset some of those sitting effects,” says biomechanist Katy Bowman. “It doesn’t have to be intense, it just has to change your geometry.” So here's a tip, every hour get up and walk around the office. Even if it's down the hall & back.