Moving Your Body Towards Improved Health
Being healthy doesn’t mean that you need to spend 20 hours each week in the gym. Even little things like standing at work can make a big improvement in your overall health. On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle is a significant factor in many chronic diseases, as well as spinal aches and pains.
Why it Matters:
Do you drive to work and then spend your day on the computer? You may not realize that you have been spending 8, 10, or even more long hours each day sitting down. That much sitting can have a negative impact on your back, legs, neck, and even your mind.
The compression that occurs in your mid-back while seated can lead to problems in your low back and has also been linked to shoulder issues. Researchers have found the people who sit the majority of the time are more prone to a variety of chronic health diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
Incorporating more movement into your day can help keep your body and mind healthier.
- Make it a habit to stand up from your desk every 30 minutes to stretch and try to get in a brisk walk at lunchtime each day.
- Improving the mobility of your mid-back (thoracic spine) can reduce your low back pain, improve your posture, & even decrease your likelihood of experiencing shoulder issues.
- Daily exercise can lower your risk of heart disease, help control your weight, and lower your blood pressure.
A few small changes in your activity level can make a huge difference, so keep your health goals in mind and start taking small daily steps in the right direction. If you feel “tight” or have pain between your shoulder blades, let us know. You may have restricted motion in your thoracic spine, and we would be happy to help you improve your mobility and so you can move your way towards better health.
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The Short-Term Effects of Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation on Patients With Shoulder Impingement Syndrome. Manual Therapies. 2009.
Getting Older Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down
Staying healthy as you age isn’t just about adding more years to your life. It’s also about adding more life to your years! Participating in daily physical activity and exercise can help ensure that you maintain a high quality of life as you get older, as well as help you reduce aches and improve your mental attitude.
Why it Matters:
Time marches on but getting older doesn’t mean that you’ll have to live an inactive life. Weakness and poor balance are the result of inactivity, not age. There are plenty of activities that you can take part in to avoid slowing down as you age.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Lighting Weights: Don’t worry, you don’t have to throw up hundreds of pounds on the bench press to benefit from lifting weights. Studies have shown that even light to moderate weight can increase bone density and help you maintain a healthy body weight. Researchers have also discovered that weight training has the potential to help get rid of nagging pain you may have in your shoulders, lower back, and knees.
- Light Cardio: Sprints and 5-mile runs aren’t necessary to improve your cardiovascular health. You don’t even have to jog. There are plenty of ways to get a solid cardiovascular workout without hurting your joints or wearing you out for the next three days. Popular options include cycling, swimming, and daily walking.
- Yoga: Even people who are in the prime of their lives will find that yoga requires a unique combination of flexibility, strength, and balance. By balancing strength and flexibility, yoga remains one of the best ways to keep your body limber.
Pain is not a byproduct of aging. If you are not as active as you would like to be, let us know. Our team is dedicated to helping you find ways to enjoy doing the things you love with the people you love for years to come.
Physical Exercise as Therapy for Frailty. Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop Series. 2015.
Looking to Relax? Try Exercise.
If you are stressed out or looking for a little rest and relaxation, exercise may be just what you need. Aerobic exercise is good for your mind and body. It has the unique ability to counter depression, decrease stress, and provide a combination of exhilaration and calm.
Why It Matters:
Exercising lowers the levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins in the brain. Think of these as natural pain killers with the power to elevate your mood. Neurochemical changes like these are why exercise has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of anxiety and depression.
What about stress? Symptoms such as tense muscles, headaches, and even back pain, can be rooted in chronic mental stress. Pain is distressing and can place your body into a stress response, where the mind and body enter a vicious cycle of tension and anxiety. Exercising can help reduce this stress response and relax both your mind and body.
Finally, exercising during the day helps regulate your sleep schedule and allows you to spend more time in a deep, restful sleep. Moderate exercise increases the slow wave sleep you get at night, which is the deep sleep that gives your brain and body a chance to rejuvenate and recover for the next day.
Exercising daily can help reduce the stress on your mind and body. It’s never too late to start exercising, and even small changes can make significant differences in your overall health. With a better mood, more restful sleep, and the ability to live a longer life, exercising daily is a crucial part of living a healthy lifestyle.
Exercising for Better Sleep. Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2020.
The “Secret” to Top Sports Performance
There’s a secret behind the success of many professional athletes. A hidden factor that they wouldn’t tell anyone else, and one that never left the elite circle of athletes – until now. Almost all the world’s top athletes rely on Chiropractic care to stay at the top of their game. Through a unique combination of recovery, injury prevention, and performance, Chiropractors can help athletes of all fitness levels perform their best.
Why it Matters:
No matter how naturally powerful or talented you may be as an athlete, receiving Chiropractic care can have some pretty serious benefits. Most professional athletes receive Chiropractic care throughout their careers to help them make sure they continue to stay at their best.
Chiropractors can help athletes recover between workouts and improve their movement patterns & biomechanics, decreasing the risk of injury. Since athletes put their bodies through a lot of stress, their skeletal system takes a beating. Having a Chiropractor on their side helps them to make sure their body is solid, strong, and fit to keep on performing.
- Nearly every professional sports team has a Chiropractor on their healthcare team.
- Chiropractors can help athletes recover and perform by bridging the gap between the coaches, trainers, and medical staff.
- Research has shown that adjustments can improve functional ability and may even be able to provide immediate short-term strength increases.
Whether you’re a professional athlete or weekend warrior, one thing is for sure: Chiropractic care can help you perform at a high level and recover. Just because you’re an athlete doesn’t mean that you have a limited shelf life. Your body is built to perform. You just need to take care of it! Let us help you today.
The Effects of a Single Session of Spinal Manipulation on Strength and Cortical Drive in Athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2018.