Sometimes Discs Can Be A Real Pain!

They may slip, slide, herniate, or rupture but they have an important job to do. Often likened to shock absorbers, intervertebral discs act as cushions to keep the vertebrae from rubbing against one another. Made up of a tough outer layer and a gelatin-like center, they are held in place with ligaments. But what happens when you have a slipped, torn, ruptured or herniated disc (terms for the same condition)? Sometimes cracks develop in the outer disc layer. When this happens, some of the material in the disc center may leak or bulge and press on spinal nerves and cause pain. The two most common areas for disc involvement are the cervical (neck) area and the lumbar (low Back) spine. Disc problems in the lumbar spine are the most common cause of lower back pain. General wear and tear, traumatic injury to a lumbar disc and chronic improper lifting techniques are common causes. However, it is natural for discs to degenerate with age, so any type of strain or twisting movement can cause damage. A genetic predisposition may also exist. Disc problems respond well to chiropractic care and are one of the biggest conditions we treat.

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Snow Shoveling

Shoveling snow can be an arduous task. Think about your health before you take on the snowflakes this season with shoveling tips to protect your back.


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Did You Know

Did You Know…

· The thinnest skin is on your eyelids.

· Without your fingerprints, it would be very hard to hold onto anything.

· Every day each person in the USA makes about four pounds of garbage.

· Humans have about 80,000 genes in their DNA.

· Your heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times in your lifetime.

· The human brain is about 85% water.

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Fairport, NY 14450


Thanksgiving – How Did It Begin?

Having a day specifically set aside for giving thanks started in America in 1621. Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving for the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colonists after a winter of privation. An ensuing feast was shared by the colonists and their Indian neighbors.

Celebration of Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday with religious overtones dates to 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, setting the last Thursday in November to be observed for expressing thanks for the blessings of the year. Much credit for the holiday should be given to Sarah Hale, editor of the Ladies’ Magazine, who campaigned relentlessly for national observance by writing to the governors of all states and to the president.

President Lincoln’s action on 1863 was widely responded to in the North (while the Civil War was still raging) with services held in churches of all denominations. After services, the practice began for families to gather around the table for a bounteous dinner with roast turkey, pumpkin pie and apple cider.

In 1941 a Congressional Joint Resolution set the fourth Thursday of November as the official day for observing Thanksgiving.

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Fairport, NY 14450

Snow Shoveling

Tips for Snow Shoveling

Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter months. However, this type of injury is preventable if you know the best ways to remove snow without straining the back. The following snow removal tips can help you to avoid low back injuries and pain during the snowy winter season.

Pick The Right Shovel

• An ergonomic snow shovel can help take some of

the effort out of snow removal chores.

• A shovel with a curved handle or an adjustable

handle length will minimize painful bending,

requiring you to bend your knees only slightly and

arch your back very slightly while keeping the

shovel blade on the ground.

Warm Up Thoroughly

• Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury than

warmed up, flexible muscles. Do your back a favor

by warming up for five to ten minutes before

shoveling or any strenuous activity.

• Stretch your low back and hamstrings (the large

muscles in the back of the thigh) with some gentle

stretching exercises.

Use Ergonomic Lifting Techniques

• Whenever possible, push the snow to one side

rather than lifting it.

• Bend at the hips, not the low back, and push the

chest out, pointing forward. Then, bend your knees

and lift with your leg muscles, keeping your back


• Keep your loads light and do not lift an object that

is too heavy for you.

• If you must lift a shovel full, grip the shovel with one

hand as close to the blade as comfortably possible

and the other hand on the handle (handle and arm

length will vary the technique).

• Avoid twisting the back to move the snow to its new

location – always pivot your whole body to face the

new direction.

• Walk to the new location to deposit the item rather

than reaching or tossing.

Pace Yourself

• Shoveling small amounts of snow frequently is less

strenuous than shoveling a large pile at once.

• In deep snow, remove a few inches off the top at a

time, rather than attempting to shovel the full depth

at once.

• When shoveling, take frequent short breaks.

Keeping these guidelines in mind during the winter season will lessen the chances of developing new back problems or worsening your low back pain while shoveling, and hopefully make your winter a healthier and more enjoyable experience.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Fall Injuries

Avoiding Injuries While Doing Yard Work This Fall

Before you reach for your rake or your leaf blower this fall, consider possible consequences: upper or lower back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders. Just as playing football or golf can injure your body, the twisting, turning, bending and reaching of mowing, raking and using yard equipment can also cause injury if your body is unprepared. Like an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it properly, the chances of injury increase. To prevent strain and pain follow these tips:

• Wear supportive shoes. Good foot and arch support can prevent some back strain.

• Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow/mulch.

• When raking, use a "scissors" stance: right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes,

then reverse, putting your left foot forward and right foot back.

• Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up yard equipment or piles of leaves or grass.

Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.

• To avoid blisters, try wearing gloves. If you have asthma or

allergies, wear a mask.

• Regardless of what piece of equipment you use, make sure it has a strap and that you use it.

Place the strap over your head on the shoulder opposite the side of your body from

the device. This will help normalize your center of gravity.

• Be sure to switch the side on which you operate the equipment as often aspossible, and to

balance the muscles being used, alternate your stance andmotion frequently.

• If your mulching mower has a pull cord, don’t twist at the waist or yank the cord.

Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.

• Drink lots of water before and after your work and take frequent breaks.

While it is critical to use and operate yard equipment safely, it is equally important to prepare your body for the work you are about to do. To help avoid injury, be sure to include a warm-up/cool-down period that involves stretching. Breathe in and out slowly throughout each stretching exercise until the muscle is stretched to its furthest point. At that point, hold your breath in; when you relax, breathe out. Stretch gently and smoothly. Do not bounce or jerk your body in any way and stretch as far as you can comfortably.

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Fairport, NY 14450

Did You Know…

Did You Know …

· Apples are made of 25% air, which is why they float.

· Avocado has highest protein content of all fruit.

· Cabbage is 91% water.

· Cherries are a member of the rose family.

· Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.

· Honey is the only edible food that never goes bad.

· Eggplants are fruits and classified as berries.

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Fairport, NY 14450


Halloween Reminders

Masks can interfere with vision & breathing, use makeup or face paint instead.

Costumes should be highly visible at night, flame retardant material, and

marked with reflective tape.

Treats should always be checked thoroughly before they are eaten.

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Fairport, NY 14450