Heat Related Illnesses

How to avoid heat-related illnesses

When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:

  • Watch the temperature. Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Know what the temperature is expected to be for the duration of your planned outdoor activity. In running events, there are "flag" warnings that correspond to the degree of heat and humidity. For example, a yellow flag requires careful monitoring, and races are canceled in black flag conditions.
  • Get acclimated. If you’re used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first when you exercise in the heat. It can take at least one to two weeks to adapt to the heat. As your body adapts to the heat over time, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
  • Know your fitness level. If you’re unfit or new to exercise, be extra cautious when working out in the heat. Your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well-hydrated with water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink fluids.

    If you plan to exercise intensely, consider a sports drink instead of water. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid alcoholic drinks because they can actually promote fluid loss.

  • Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loosefitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening, when it’s likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas, or do a water workout in a pool.
  • Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body’s ability to cool itself and increases the risk of skin cancer.
  • Have a backup plan. If you’re concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.
  • Understand your medical risks. Certain medical conditions or medications can increase your risk of a heat-related illness. If you plan to exercise in the heat, talk to your doctor about precautions.

Heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. By taking some basic precautions, your exercise routine doesn’t have to be sidelined when the heat is on.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Improve Your Posture

Improve Your Posture

When standing, think of a wire attached to the top of your head. Some people tend to slouch and have an excessive curve in the lower back. The imaginary “wire” will help to prevent this. When standing for long periods, frequently shift weight from one foot to the other, always keep moving and changing positions. This will minimize the tension and compression on the spine. When sitting, especially at a work station for long hours, bring your chair close enough so that you are not bending forward. Utilize a chair that has good low back support and is adjustable to fit your build. If your feet do not touch the floor use a foot rest so the knees are slightly higher than the hips. Get up and stretch, move around every half hour or so if possible. While driving, strive also to have your knees slightly higher than hips. Adjust the seat to easily reach the pedals. If possible periodically on long drives tilt the seat at slightly different angles. Stop every couple of hours to stretch and walk around. Sleep on a supportive mattress, preferably not on your stomach. Choose shoes that are a good fit and offer proper support for daily wear. High heels are only for short periods of time and not for walking any distance.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
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Did You Know …

Did You Know…

Since muscle is denser than fat, if you lose fat tissue but add muscle, your weight may actually increase.

Stress, not physical injury, is the major cause of back pain.

A diet rich in garlic, shallots and onions may cut the risk of prostate cancer in half.

Harvard researchers have found that by age two children have developed memories strong enough to enable them to repeat tasks shown to them months earlier.

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

Occupational Health

What’s Occupational Health and Safety All About, and How Can a Chiropractor Help?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) estimates that workplace-related injuries cost businesses nearly $170 billion each year. With money like this at stake, it’s easy to see that keeping your workers healthy should be a priority. And chiropractors can play a major role in helping companies to manage risk and improve productivity.

An estimated 60 to 70 percent of all workplace-related injuries involve the musculoskeletal system. And of every worker’s compensation dollar spent, 90 cents is used for the treatment of this type of injury. Those professions with the highest rates of musculoskeletal injury are trucking and vehicle operations, manufacturing, nursing and healthcare, and work involving repetitive motion or prolonged periods of sitting.

Gerard Clum, D.C., is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress “Doctors of chiropractic provide a conservative, patient-centered approach that is well-documented for its clinical and economic value. When included as members of occupational health teams, doctors of chiropractic can facilitate and drive reduced costs and better clinical outcomes, as well as improvements in safety, general health and communication.”

Chiropractors are able to provide structural care, ergonomic improvements and advice on lifestyle and nutrition. This can contribute to creating lower workers’ compensation premiums, a reduced rate of absenteeism, and greater productivity, worker morale and employee retention.

Chiropractors are excellent at providing preventive care, which can help save businesses considerable amounts of money. But in addition to the financial benefit, employers benefit further by making their employees feel valued, which increases worker satisfaction. Daniel R. Nobbe, from Fiberteq LLC in Danville, IL, said “There are many benefits from developing a safety culture at your company – none of which is more valuable than employee loyalty. When employees know you care about their personal well-being and you prove that to them in their workplace, it increases morale, engagement, awareness, motivation and productivity.”

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

Did You Know ….

Did you Know…

· Each year sleep deprivation contributes to about 100,000 car accidents that cause up to 1,500 deaths.

· Humans have the biggest brain to body ratio of any living thing.

· A nerve cell can transmit 1,000 nerve impulses a second.

· The skin of a typical adult covers 20 square feet and weighs 6 pounds.

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

An Apple A Day?

Does An Apple A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

We have all heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Is there some degree of truth to it? Apples are loaded with antioxidants which are very beneficial to our health. Antioxidants guard against cell damage and provide protection against several diseases; diabetes, asthma, and lung cancer. Apples contain more antioxidants than any other fruit. A recent study conducted by Cornell University concludes that by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables might be a significant factor in reducing the risk of developing brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. A single apple contains the same antioxidant properties as 1500 milligrams of vitamin C, and researchers agree that the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are better than those available insupplements.

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

Did You Know …

Did You Know…

· Hair and bone marrow are the two fastest growing tissues in your body.

· Americans eat about 18 acres of pizza a day.

· You breathe in about seven quarts of air every minute.

· Like fingerprints, every person has a unique “tongue” print.

· Your skull is made up of 29 bones, each hand has 27 bones, the foot 25.

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

Non Medication Pain Management

Moving Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Management from Pinch Hitter to Starting Line-Up

Published on May 18, 2018

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To understand how pain is typically managed in America, think of it as a baseball team. The physician is the manager, making up the lineup. The starters are pharmaceuticals, particularly opioids. Other forms of pain management, such as spinal manipulation, acupuncture, behavioral therapy, etc. have essentially been relegated to pinch hitters, called in off the bench if the starters aren’t performing. But they’re not ordinarily considered everyday players.

Fortunately, that viewpoint is starting to change, partially driven by the rampant opioid crisisfacing the U.S., which was responsible for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Results of a clinical trialpublished in the March 8, 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) already found that the use of opioid vs. non-opioid medication therapy for patients with moderate to severe chronic back, hip or knee osteoarthritis pain “did not result in significantly better pain-related function over 12 months.”

New Team Rotation

Now a new article in the March 28, 2018 issueof JAMA describes the formation of a new Pain Management Collaboratory. This joint project between the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and Veteran’s Administration (VA) is using $81 million in grants to create a six-year, evidence-based study of non-drug approaches to pain management at VA hospitals around the country.

What sets this initiative apart is that spinal manipulation/chiropractic, behavioral therapy and the other pain management strategies being studied by the Pain Management Collaboratory are not being treated as bench players, or “Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM),” to use the industry vernacular. Instead, they are taking a front-line, starting role – i.e., being considered as a first choice for patients suffering from many forms of pain.

This could very well be a watershed moment in our approach to pain management. One that we have been building to for a while. Chiropractic in particular has an established body of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in pain management. In fact, there is more evidence for the efficacy of chiropractic carethan there is for the drug-based treatments that most physicians are taught to favor.

New Team Guidelines

The American College of Physicians, after a review of more than 150 studies, concluded that physicians should consider spinal manipulationand other non-drug therapies as their first optionfor treating acute, subacute and chronic lower back pain. Note: 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. are performed by a doctor of chiropractic.

The Joint Commissionand America’s Health Insurance Plans(AHIP) have issued similar guidance on the role of non-pharmacologic options in pain management, while the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Institute of Medicine, among other organizations, have also called for early use of non-pharmacologic approaches to pain and pain management.

In baseball or any other sport, good managers know how to gauge their athletes’ performance on a daily basis in order to put the best team on the field. The time is right to take chiropractic and other non-drug pain management strategies off the bench and insert them into the starting lineup.

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