The Right Way To Sit

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

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Do You Know Anyone Who Would Like:

Do You Know Anyone Who Would Like:

60% less hospital admissions, 59% less days in the hospital, 62% less outpatient surgeries, 85% less in pharmaceutical costs. A 7-year study showed that patients whose primary health care provider was a chiropractor, experienced the above results.

For your health and your loved ones, Choose Chiropractic!

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

Low Back Pain Disc

Chiropractic Care and Back Pain: Non-invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

Discs give the spine motion; we are constantly using our discs. Move your back from side to side, you can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without these discs, your spine couldn’t function and move. Intervertebral discs don’t really "slip", although the phrase "slipped disc" has come into popular usage to refer to bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs. Your discs are made up of the annulus fibrosus (the tough outer layer) and the nucleus pulposus (which contains a soft, gelatin-like center. When cracks occur in the outer layer of the disc, the material inside of the disc can begin to push out. Numerous factors can cause a disc to herniate. For example, there may be too much stress on the disc due to poor posture, repetitive motions, too much sitting, or an injury. In fact, a herniated disc can be caused by a combination of factors or a physical injury. For many people with back pain caused by a herniated disc the problem starts off small and then gradually builds until you start to feel symptoms, such as back pain.

Chiropractic Care and Herniated Discs

Chiropractor care can help address back pain and other herniated disc symptoms. At your appointment, we will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopedic and neurological tests. In addition, if we find that you have advanced loss of strength, sensation, reflexes, and other unusual neurological findings, then you will be referred to a spine surgeon. However, most intervertebral disc injuries are related to a herniated disc, and can be treated effectively with chiropractic care.

Treatment for a herniated disc may include spinal manipulation, and other chiropractic techniques to help ease your herniated disc symptoms. This will be an individualized treatment plan, but it may include manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.

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

New Research

New Study Shows Majority of Patients Get More Relief from Low Back Pain

with Spinal Manipulation Therapy

San Jose, Calif. – Feb.21, 2018 – A new study published in The SPINE Journal (2018) concludes spinal manipulation is most likely to reduce chronic low back pain and improve function when compared to other approaches. The research examines the safety and effectiveness of various manipulation and mobilization therapies for treatment of chronic low back pain. According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, results show that both manipulation and mobilization are likely to reduce pain and improve function for patients with chronic low back pain, but that spinal manipulation – most often performed by a doctor of chiropractic – produces a larger effect than mobilization.

Key Findings:

  • Nearly six out of ten patients (57 percent) experienced a reduction in chronic low back pain and a reduction in disability (78 percent) utilizing manipulation or mobilization as compared to other therapies.
  • A majority (79 percent) reported that manipulation significantly reduced pain and disability, compared to other approaches such as physical therapy.
  • Both manipulation and mobilization therapies are considered beneficial and safe.

“Chiropractic care is proven to yield improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “Given the increased interest in providing Americans with drug-free/non-pharmacologic pain management options, this study better positions doctors of chiropractic as front-line providers for spinal health and well-being, specifically as it relates to the management of chronic low back pain prior to the utilization of prescription opioids.” Nearly 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. are performed by a doctor of chiropractic.

The prevalence of lower back pain in the U.S. may be as high as 84 percent. In approximately 23 percent of people suffering from lower back pain, the pain becomes chronic and disables nearly half of this population. Pain management approaches vary greatly. This study explored the evidence for treating chronic low back pain by spinal manipulation therapy (thrust applied to joints) – a common modality performed by doctors of chiropractic – and mobilization (a type of passive movement of a spinal section) and combined therapies.

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

Anti Aging Tips

Five Daily Anti-Aging Tips

None of us are getting any younger, you can’t change your age, but you can change the way you look and feel by following a few simple guidelines:

1. Hydration is important for cellular functioning, so make sure you remember to drink liquids regularly throughout the day.

2. The phytonutrients in plant based foods are essential for health and wellness for our body and mind. Eat plenty of vegetables and low sugar fruits every day.

3. Rest is necessary for your body to run optimally. The way to figure out how much sleep you need is to think about how much you sleep on a relaxing vacation, when you naturally fall asleep and wake up naturally without an alarm. The amount is generally how much time your body is craving for sleep

4. Take time to have fun with loved ones. Social support and positive experiences are beneficial to your health.

5. Make sure to keep your body moving every day, even if it’s walking up and down the stairs at work or taking a noon time stroll around the block. Exercise is one of the keys to living a long and healthy life.

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

Balance Exercises For Seniors

Best Balance Exercise Practices

Standing On One Foot

· Stand on one foot behind a sturdy chair, gripping for balance.

· Hold for 10 seconds

· Repeat 10 times

· Repeat 10 times with opposite leg

· Repeat 15 times with both legs

Walking Heel to Toe

· Position heel of one foot in front of toes of other foot. Your heel and toes should be touching or almost

touching

· Select a spot ahead of you, focusing on it to keep you steady as you walk

· Step forward. Place your heel just in front of your other foot.

· Repeat this for 20 steps

Balance Walk

· Raise your arms to your sides at shoulder height

· Again, Select a spot ahead of you, and remain focused on it to keep you steady while walking

· Walk in a B-line with one foot ahead of the other

· As you walk, lift your back leg and count to 1 before stepping

· Alternate legs and repeat for 20 steps

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Guidelines For A Healthy Spine

Guidelines To A Healthy Spine, A Healthy Life

Experts have debated forever as to which habits are best for the spine, and often the arguments go in circles. I’m going to break it down to four simple rules to great spinal health, which will make life a lot easier; when you feel great, and your body works great, you perform better at home, at work, and socially. Basically, it’s the recipe for a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Get Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

Regular chiropractic adjustments are the foundation to the health of the spine. You are able to move because your spine allows it. When your spine doesn’t move properly, you can’t move properly. The spine protects the functioning of the nervous system. When the spine doesn’t move properly, the nervous system doesn’t function properly and you’re not as healthy as you can be. Such regular care can increase optimal performance of the nervous system and the immune system while providing optimal range of motion for better physical function.

Hydrate

Most people don’t drink enough water. The human body is made up of 60 percent water. We need to hydrate appropriately for proper function. The spinal discs (the sac of fluid between each vertebrae) are comprised of mostly water. When you don’t hydrate sufficiently and the joints don’t move properly, the discs shrink in size; think of these discs as grapes (healthy) or raisins (unhealthy). Your spinal movement and overall health is significantly dependent upon the health of these discs

Strengthen

In order to strengthen the spine, the most important group of muscles that must be strengthened is the core. The core refers to the internal abdominal muscles, the deepest spinal muscles, and the muscle at the floor of the pelvis. The core muscles are those that provide the greatest amount of stability for the spine. Even one minor injury to the low back can cause these muscles to be weakened significantly. The core is often very weak because of improper muscle firing due to prolonged sitting and lack of movement.

Stretch

Spend time lengthening your spine and the associated muscles. Stretch often. The practice of stretching doesn’t need to be a long, arduous process. You can build in two-minute stretching sessions while sitting at your computer, or you can stand and stretch in a doorway while talking with a co-worker or taking a phone call. Stretch first thing in the morning; when you get out of bed, do a full reach to the sky and fold over to the ground. If you watch your dog when it gets up in the morning, what does it do? It stretches, let’s remember to do it.

Health can get really complicated, but it doesn’t need to be. Keep these four simple rules as part of your regular routine and you and your health will benefit. If you’re looking for improved function, better performance and a healthier, more active lifestyle, create a happier and healthier spine.

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

Prescription Medication

Americans Taking More Prescription Drugs Than Ever

A new survey finds 55% of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine – and they’re taking more than ever. Those who use prescription drugs take four, on average, and many take over-the-counter drugs. But many of those pills may be unnecessary and might do more harm than good. Among those who take prescription drugs, 53% get them from more than one health care provider, which increases the risk of adverse drug effects. More than a third say no provider has reviewed their medicines to see if all are necessary. Forty-nine percent of survey respondents asked their prescribers whether they could stop taking a drug, and 71% were able to eliminate at least one.

The number of prescriptions filled for American adults and children rose 85% between 1997 and 2016, from 2.4 billion to 4.5 billion a year. During that time the U.S. population rose 21%. In 2014, nearly 1.3 million people sought emergency room treatment for adverse drug effects, and about 124,000 people died, according to U.S. government data.

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

Fat Phobia

Fat Phobia?

Your body needs a certain amount of fat for good health, including an effective immune system, healthy skin, blood clotting, and even the health of your nervous system. They play a major role in the formation of hormones. They are important building blocks for normal growth and energy.

The fats that play these crucial roles are called essential fatty acids, specifically, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Most of us meet our need for omega-6 fats but fall short on getting enough omega-3’s. Some research suggests that certain chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and even arthritis may be linked to a diet deficient in omega-3 essential fats.

Eating fish at least once a week supplies essential omega-3 fats, as does snacking on nuts, especially raw almonds and walnuts. Every day you need about 5 to 8 grams of essential fats. Just 45 to 72 calories worth. There’s little worry about essential fatty acids being deposited as fat. Your body is much more likely to store carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, as fat.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724