Monday, 20 March 2017

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Chiropractic Adjustments

Are you one of those people who wonder why they should get chiropractic adjustments? Do you simply assume that your health care provider is all you need when it comes to health consultation? Or is it that you’re ‘never’ sick so what’s the point? Or maybe you just think that adjustments are only for those suffering from back pain?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you’ve been missing out on the many health benefits chiropractic adjustments can provide!

Do not wait until you wake up with a stiff neck before you see a chiropractor. Or a constant neck or back pain starts to consume your daily living before you look into the possibility of this treatment to help you. Don’t allow those scenarios to force you into the clinic. Instead, learn about chiropractic care now and realize that there’s more into chiropractic adjustments than just damage control.
1.      Provide Faster Pain Relief
You may have been used to popping a pill to numb that headache or back pain. But where have that habit gotten you so far? Did it really help or it simply put you into pain medication cycle without actually solving the problem? I’m willing to bet it was the latter!

Instead of that, why don’t you consult a chiropractor to get a thorough evaluation of why you feel pain in certain area of your body? Chiropractors are very good at identifying the mechanical issues that are causing your spine-related pain and provide immediate relief with a series of adjustments. But aside from that, he can also recommend comprehensive treatment depending on the severity of your condition. This doesn’t just relieve pain but also treat the cause of the pain to prevent the same issue from resurfacing.  
2.      Restore Motion In Your Joints
Sedentary lifestyle, arthritis, sprains and strains, and a recent injury are just some of the reasons why you may be suffering from joint pain and stiffness. While different people and different conditions may require different treatment, incorporating chiropractic adjustments has been proven to help restore motion in your joints. It corrects subluxations that could be putting pressure on your nerves which causes pain and relaxes the surrounding muscles on your joints in order to restore normal mobility.

3.      Allows Your Body To Achieve Its Full Potential
Chiropractors are more focused on helping you become healthy, not just relieve pain where it hurts. This is a lot better for you, when you come to think of it, because most of the time when you feel something off in your body that means there’s a multiple underlying cause.  This way you become more energetic and efficient in your everyday living.
4.      Helps Manage Stress In A Healthier Way
People say that stress is all in the mindset, but you should know that your body condition play a big role in it too. Receiving adjustments from a chiropractor can make a significant difference in your stress level because spinal adjustments align your spine properly to release tension and stress in your body. This helps you sleep better at night, and even treat other health condition like constant headache and digestive problems which are without a doubt stressful.

5.      Works For Old Or New Trauma
Injuries are unavoidable. You can get it from playing sports, in a car accident, or even just by doing household chores. In such cases, a chiropractor can treat patient without resorting to surgery right away. It doesn’t even matter if your injury was just recently or you’ve been dealing with it for a while now.  It can also reduce painful symptoms of recurrent instability related to the injury.  More importantly, regular chiropractic session can help you avoid getting injured in the future because it strengthens your body in general so you’re less susceptible to injuries.
That’s just an overview of what chiropractic care can do for you! Go see a chiropractor now and you’ll be amazed at how much difference it can make in your body and overall health. You’d regret you haven’t done it sooner. But of course, if you have any existing health condition, it would be best to consult your primary health care provider before trying this alternative treatment.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Body Alignment: 10 Standing Postural Deviations And How To Fix Them

Most often than not, you don’t realize how misaligned your body is because you don’t really pay attention to your posture. This is why you suffer pain from posture related issues like chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, stiffness, fatigue, muscle atrophy and weakness, and sciatica. All of that are very common conditions of people with poor body alignment.

Now the first step in fixing a problem is assessing where exactly the problem lies. You have to learn your own postural deviations in order to figure out the suitable corrective exercises for you.

To do this, here’s how you proceed with the standing assessment:

·         Wear fitted clothes to have a clear view of your alignment.
·         Stand barefoot like how you normally do without trying to adjust your posture.
·         To get an honest assessment, close your eyes and march slowly in place a few times.
·         This will make your feet turn in and out naturally.
·         After a couple of steps, stop and just stand still.
·         Have a friend take a full body picture of you from the front, the side, and behind.

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After this compare the picture from this image of a properly postured body. If they don’t look the same, there’s a fair chance there’s one or more area where your posture is off. Below are your possible postural deviations and the suggested strengthening exercises to improve your body alignment.

Deviation 1: Sway Back
Hips Press Forward And Sit In Front Of The Ribs

The Fix:
You can follow these exercises to fix this or watch this video to better understand this postural deviation.
Upper Spinal Floor Twist — Hold for 1 min, then switch sides and repeat.
Airbench — Hold for 2 min.
Standing Quad Stretch — Hold for 1 min, then switch sides and repeat.
Static Back Reverse Presses — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 10 repetitions.
Hooklying Knee Pillow Squeezes — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions.
Hooklying Isolated Hip Flexor Lifts — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions, alternating sets from side to side.
Hooklying Gluteal Contractions — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions.
Supine Groin Stretch — Do 15 min on one side and then switch sides and repeat.

Deviation 2: Lower-Cross Syndrome
Excessive Curve In The Low Back, Pelvis Is Tilted Forward

The Fix:
Static Back - Hold for 5 minutes or until lower back flattens.
Frog - Hold for 2 min.
Hooklying Gluteal Contractions - Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions.
Hooklying Knee Pillow Squeezes - Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions.
Supine Groin Stretch - Do 15 min on one side and then switch sides and repeat.
Airbench - Hold for 2 min.
Standing Quad Stretch - Hold for 1 min, then switch sides and repeat.
Supine Foot Circles & Point/Flexes - Do 40 circles each way and 40 point and flexes. Then switch sides and repeat.

Deviation 3: Rounded Shoulders
Shoulders In Front Of Ears

The Fix:
Standing Shoulder Shrugs — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 10 repetitions.
Static Back Reverse Presses — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 10 repetitions.
Standing Scapular Contractions — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 10 repetitions.
Standing Shoulder Rolls — Do 3 sets, alternating direction of rolls every other set. Each set consisting of 10 repetitions.
Standing Arm Circles — Do 40 circles forward and 40 circles backwards.

Deviation 4: Forward Head
Ears In Front Of Shoulders

The Fix:
Seated Chest Stretch—Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat for three repetitions.
Upper Back Pulls On the Wall—Hold the contraction for 30 seconds and repeat for three repetitions
Stretching Trapezius and Suboccipital Muscles— Hold for 30 seconds and repeat the sequence three times
Chin Retractions—Keep your head in that position for 20 seconds. Repeat for a total of three repetitions.
Deviation 5: Upper-Cross Syndrome
Rounded Shoulders With An Excessive Curve

The Fix:
Watch this video for full instructions.
Chin to chest—Hold for 5 seconds
Front-deltoid stretch—Hold for 5-10 seconds for both arms.
Elbows-back stretch—Do this 5-10 times.
Lying chest stretch on stability ball, chair or cooler—Hold the position for few seconds and then switch sides.
Dynamic chest stretch—Do this for about 5-10 times.
Seated chest stretch—Hold it for just a few seconds.
Deviation 6: Head Tilt
Head Tilted To One Side; Can Be Accompanied By Rotation Toward That Side

The Fix:
This exercise should be done in a slow, smooth and controlled motion. You shouldn’t feel pain or discomfort while doing it too. In case you experience dizziness or numbness, don’t move your head as far.
·         Breathe in
·         Tilt the top of your head to the right at 10 o’clock
·         Then bring the top of your head to the left to 8 o’clock
·         Tilt the top of your head to the right to 11 o’clock
·         Breathe out
·         Breathe in
·         Then tilt left to 7 o’clock
·         Then bring your right ear to your right shoulder to 12 o’clock
·         Then bring your left ear to your left shoulder to 6 o’clock
·         Breathe out
·         Repeat 10 times
Deviation 7: Uneven Shoulders
One Shoulder Sits Higher Than The Other

The Fix:
Standing Elbow Curls - Do 25 repetitions.
Floor Block - Hold for 1 min in each of 3 positions.
Cats & Dogs - Do 10 repetitions.
Deviation 8: Uneven Hips
One Hip Sits Higher, Can Give The Perception Of Leg Length Discrepancy

The Fix:
Assisted Hip Lift — Hold for 1 min, then switch sides and repeat.
Cats & Dogs — Do 10 repetitions.
Hooklying Gluteal Contractions — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions.
Hooklying Knee Pillow Squeezes — Do 3 sets. Each set consisting of 20 repetitions.

Deviation 9: Feet Turned In
Toes Are Turned In Toward The Midline Of The Body
The Fix:
You can refer to this video for full instructions on how to do the exercises.
IT-band stretch—Hold the position for 5-10 seconds.
IT-band roller—You can do this back and forth for about 6-10 times.
Deviation 10: One Or Both Feet Turned Out
Toes Are Turned Out Away From The Midline Of The Body

The Fix:
Seated glute stretch— Hold for 5 seconds on each leg
Lying cross-over—Hold for 20 seconds on each leg
Piriformis self-myofascial release—Do it for 20-30 seconds on each side.
IT-band stretch— Do the stretching using a towel and hold for 30 seconds on each leg.
Dancer’s stretch—Hold for 10-15 seconds on each leg.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Childhood Stress And Chiropractic Care

Sometimes, the demands of daily living can make us too busy. This results to kids being left to deal with stress on their own. This happens more often than we think and not a lot of kids are able or lucky to manage all the effects of stress without parental guidance which end up affecting them for the rest of their lives.
What Is Stress In The Context Of Childhood?
Stress will always be present in a child’s life, in fact a little of it is necessary for them to develop a lot of life skills. But what’s important is to distinguish the type of stress responses in children so we can help them handle it.
·         Positive Stress Response
This happens during new experiences like first day in school or making friends. This is a healthy kind of stress, but without supportive environment the kid may not be able to learn from them and cope with other life changes.  
·         Tolerable Stress Response
This is the result of more severe and longer-lasting stressors like parent’s divorce or bullying at school. Kids who go through these can turn out to be fine provided that there’s proper support and guidance so they can learn to understand what’s happening.
·         Toxic Stress Response
This can have lasting effect on a child’s development. Incidents like physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, parental mental illness, or exposure to violence often result to this stress response especially if there’s no adequate adult support involved.

Common Stressors For Kids Nowadays

·         School
Getting good grades, making friends, fitting in, bullying, the tremendous amount of school work, combine that with a child’s search for self-identity during their teen years are just common reasons why a lot of kids dread school.
·         Family
Ever wonder why kids like to hang out with their friends all the time instead of go home right away after school? Financial troubles, remarriage, separation, family member with mental/physical illness are just some of the reasons why.  
·         Media Stress And Environmental Dangers
This is the reason why it is strongly advised that parents don’t let their kids watch TV or surf the internet unsupervised. They may get scared or become influenced by news or show with sensitive topics like violence or sexual contents.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help In The Following Areas
Chiropractic care may be known for treating musculoskeletal issues but it is also a holistic approach towards overall wellness. Therefore, it definitely can help kids with other areas of their life especially where there’s greater stress.  
·         Spirit
The root premise of chiropractic is that YOU are part of something much bigger than yourself. This way of thinking helps encourage kids to deepen their inner connection to their own spirit.
·         Mind
Chiropractic care corrects subluxation throughout the body to eliminate interference in the body and mind communication. This then promotes harmonious body function and balance.
·         Social

We are a part of a community. When this is instilled with children starting at a young age, they learn to participate, contribute, and balance out their social life. Chiropractic care’s holistic approach on health teaches them to see these things in brighter perspective.