Yoga

Optimize your health by combining yoga and chiropractic care.

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WalkingFor Health

Walking accomplishes all of the following and more:

• Improves cardiovascular endurance

• Tones muscles of the lower body

• Reduces risk of heart disease

• Burns calories: about 80 if walking 2 miles per hour and about 107 if walking 4.5 miles per hour

Get Moving!

Walking for just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits, but in order to increase your longevity, you should try to walk for up to 30 minutes, five days per week. Experts generally agree that to be considered "active," adults should try to take 10,000 steps each day. Wearing a pedometer or an activity tracker is an easy way to track your progress.

The following tips can help you get started on your walking regimen:

• Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg.

• Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk. This will challenge the normal forward curve of your neck, which in turn will cause you to carry your weight improperly.

• Don’t carry weights or dumbbells while walking. They’re better used as a separate part of your exercise regime.

• Expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you experience more than soreness, consult your doctor of chiropractic.

• Walk briskly, with "purpose." Simply sauntering, while relaxing, is not an effective form of cardiovascular exercise.

• Stay hydrated. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.

• Avoid caffeinated drinks, including energy drinks, prior to and during your walk. They can cause dehydration and a racing heartbeat.

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Effects Of Weight

Extra weight can add extra pressure on your joints. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to counsel patients on optimizing their health.

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NFL

NFL

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams in optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back pain.

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Yogurt and Depression

A new study suggests that there may be an effective alternative to medication for the treatment of depression: probiotic bacteria found in yogurt.

Researchers suggest that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt may help to treat depression. Researchers found thatLactobacillus– "friendly" bacteria present in live-cultured yogurt – reversed depressive-like behavior in mice by altering their gut microbiome, the population of microorganisms that reside in the intestines.

The study authors – from the University of Virginia School of Medicine – believe it is possible that the probiotic could do the same for humans. "The big hope for this kind of research is that we won’t need to bother with complex drugs and side effects when we can just play with the microbiome," says lead researcher Alban Gaultier, Ph.D., of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at Virginia.

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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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Tips To Maintain Good Posture

Tips to Maintain Good Posture

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years and evident in many adults. But only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

What is posture?

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.

Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.

Why is good posture important?

Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:

· Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.

· Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.

· Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.

· Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them, if necessary.

Consequences of poor posture

Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.
Several factors contribute to poor posture–most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes. In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

Can I correct my posture?

In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With much practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. This, in turn, will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

Your doctor of chiropractic can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. He or she can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

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How do I sit properly?

· Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor.

· Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.

· Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.

· Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.

· Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.

· Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.

· Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

How do I stand properly?

· Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.

· Keep your knees slightly bent.

· Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.

· Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.

· Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.

· Tuck your stomach in.

· Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.

· Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.

What is the proper lying position?

· Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Your comfort is important.

· Sleep with a pillow. Special pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.

· Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

· Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

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Exercise and Middle Age

New analysis shows that good fitness levels in your middle age may predict extra years of life. A healthy lifestyle including chiropractic care, may help optimize your health.

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Research

Current Research

Two of the most common areas that chiropractors treat are the neck and low back. Injuries to these areas are some of the most common seen in healthcare in general. A recent study looked at effective ways to treat the injuries to these areas. More specifically, the study compared spinal manipulation versus medication for those suffering from a recent bout of neck pain. Most often people with neck pain will at first utilize medication to control the pain they are in. However, there is little research to prove what treatment method is best for the patient. Mechanical neck pain is a common condition that affects an estimated 70% of persons at some point in their lives. Participants in the study had neck pain and received either medication or spinal manipulation for their treatment. At the end of the study, it was concluded that for participants with acute and sub-acute neck pain, spinal manipulation was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. It is important to remember that options are always available when it comes to dealing with pain. Patient centered care is the top priority.

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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 therapyand therapeutic exercises.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
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