Spinal Health Care Class

Our next Spinal Health Care Class is Wednesday July 19 at 6:15 P.M. This workshop is about 45 minutes in length, reviews what you can do to avoid back and neck problems, how to get better quicker, preventive measures, spinal function and physiology, exercises for a stronger back and neck, and a question and answer segment. This is free of charge, all are welcome, please call the office and let us know you will be attending!

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Arthritis

Easing The Pain Of Arthritis: Think Natural

Joint pain is a primary cosequence of arthritis, a constellation of conditions that effects an estimated 46 million adults and 300,000 children. Arthritis actually refers to more than 100 different diseases affecting areas in and around the joints. There are some natural, nontoxic approaches to ease your arthritis pain, here are a few simple suggestions to consider:

Moderate Activity : Regular exercise helps strengthen the muscles around your joints, increases flexibility and combats fatigue. Any movement can help but range of motion exercises in particular seeem to reduce joint pain and stiffness.

Good Food: What you eat may play a role in reducing arthritis pain or do the opposite – making the pain even worse. Some arthritis patients experience relief when eating a nutritous, well balanced diet (oily fish, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and flare up when eating simple carbohydrates and fatty foods. Bananas, sweet peppers and soy products also may help.

Proper Body Mechanics: Body positioning during everyday movements can have a profound effect on joint stress resulting in pain. To minimize the stress on your joints throughout the day, maintain good posture, bend at the knees when picking things up, and be sure your work space provides adequate support for your neck, back, forearms and upper legs.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Exercise

Exercise Essential For A Healthy Heart

Very few of our jobs today require vigorous exercise. We ride elevators, drive to work, use computers, and sit at home watching TV. Many of the activities we participate in require very little exercise. However, most of us are becoming more and more aware of how important exercise is to our cardiovascular system. A well designed and convenient program of exercise can help maintain a healthy heart and bring more energy into daily activities. Brisk and sustained exercise, especially interval type training contributes most to a healthy heart. It improves the efficiency of the heart and the amount of oxygen that the body can utilize in a given amount of time. To improve the efficiency of your heart and lungs, as well as to burn off extra calories, exercise must be brisk enough to raise the heart and breathing rate, sustained (performed at least 20 to 30 minutes without interruption), and regular (usually at least 3 or more times a week). Walking is an easy way to begin an exercise program because it does not require special facilities or equipment other than good, supportive shoes and a safe place to walk.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Summer Swimming Safety

Summer Swimming Safety

Should you really wait an hour to swim after eating? The old advice about swimming after eating has a small grain of truth, especially for the serious swimmer. But for most of us who just splash around or relax on a float, having a full stomach won’t hurt us.Although it is true that digestion diverts large amounts of blood to the stomach, which can theoretically cause cramps during vigorous exertion, swimming at a normal level after a light meal poses no appreciable danger. Instead focus more on the far more likely concerns, such as the following avoidable diving accidents:When jumping into unknown water always jump feet first.

  • While at the beach don’t dive toward the bottom of oncoming waves or with your back to them.
  • Always body surf with your hands ahead of you.
  • While in a swimming pool, test the diving board’s spring before using it.
  • Diving off its side is dangerous, only dive straight ahead and never into an

    above ground pool or the shallow end.

  • Nine out of ten diving injuries occur in six feet of water or less.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Neck Pain

Dealing With Neck Pain

If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, you definitely know it. An estimated 7 in 10 adults develop it at some point in their lives. The big question of course, is what can you do about it? Fortunately neck pain is effectively treated with chiropractic care. In fact, recent guidelines on neck pain recommend spinal manipulation as treatment. It is also important to recognize that exercises can be very helpful. The reality is that neck exercises can be gentle and easy to do, and don’t require a lot of equipment or time. There are certain muscles in the neck that are designed to help us maintain our normal and healthy curve of the spine. Unfortunately we look down most of the day, reading, working on computers, watching TV, etc. These deep neck flexors often fatigue quickly, setting the stage for neck pain. To start your exercise program do simple chin tucks while sitting or standing. Simply tuck your chin in and hold it until you feel the muscle fatigue. As you get comfortable with this movement progress to range of motion movements and then isometric strengthening. Remember the goal is to increase the endurance of your neck muscles.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower spine, through the buttocks, and down the leg into the foot. When the sciatic nerve is inflamed it can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your lower back and/or leg. Generally sciatica is caused by:

Inflamed Joint: If a bone (vertebra) in your lower back is not moving properly or is out of position, the joint can become inflamed and irritate the sciatic nerve.

Bulging Disc: If one of the cushions (discs) between your vertebrae is bulging, it can irritate the nerve and cause pain and discomfort.

Muscle Spasm: If a muscle in your lower back or buttocks is tightened or spasmed, it can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

All three of these conditions are effectively treated in our office with a combination of manipulation, therapy and functional restoration exercises.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Spinal Care Class

Our next Spinal Health Care Class is Wednesday June 28 at 6:15 P.M. This workshop is about 45 minutes in length, reviews what you can do to avoid back and neck problems, how to get better quicker, preventive measures, spinal function and physiology, exercises for a stronger back and neck, and a question and answer segment. This is free of charge, all are welcome, please call the office and let us know you will be attending!

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Sitting

The Right Way To Sit

If you have to sit often, try to do it correctly. As Mom always said, "Sit up straight."

• Not leaning forward

• Shoulders relaxed

• Arms close to sides

• Elbows bent 90°

• Lower back may
 be supported

• Feet flat on floor

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Often we hear of professional athletes suffering a traumatic, possibly career ending, injury. The public debate on whether or not they can resume play can go on for weeks. However, it isn’t only the professionals that sustain injuries while practicing the sport they love. Weekend warriors, amateur athletes and those living active lives also run the risk of getting hurt. Most of the time, with a proper warm up, awareness to form and appropriate equipment, athletes of all are able to play safely. Yet, injuries can happen when you least expect it due to an accident or even an underlying condition that may necessitate treatment.

How Do Sports Injuries Happen?

Sports and exercise are great ways to keep healthy, but there are often risks involved. Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods or perilous exercise equipment can be a cause of injury, but structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances/weakness can also be culprits leading to injury, including the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.

Commonly, sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing hyperextension or hyperflexion. Such injury, and others, may cause significant pain and debilitation taking you away from the sports that you enjoy. Chiropractors, as musculoskeletal experts, can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.

Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries

Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also help, in partnership, determine the best strategy to return to play.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724