Don’t Sit On Your Wallet

Don’t Sit On Your Wallet!

Millions of guys drive with their wallet in their back pocket, but they can’t figure out why they moan when they get out of the car.

Here’s the physics.
When one cheek is riding around higher than the other, that bump on your rump can trigger chronic pain in your back, hips and shoulders, and set off foot cramps.

Here’s the physiology.
Eventually, you may compress the sciatic nerve (it runs from each side of the spine down through the back of each thigh to the foot) and cause searing leg pain and numbness called sciatica. You also can aggravate the piriformis muscle (it’s near your glutes), which can irritate the nerve and trigger lower back and sciatic pain.

Here’s the fix:Get that wallet out of your back pocket! Next, do stretches to restore alignment and relax tense muscles — but pull over first. Pilates and Hatha yoga (stay away from the more aggressive forms) will work. Now, customize your car seat. Use the controls to drop the seat as close to the floor and as far back as possible, then adjust your seat position from there — including headrest, angle of the steering wheel and the mirrors. Now drive safely!

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Fairport, NY 14450
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The Purpose Of Pain

The Purpose Of Pain

If you have backpain, headaches or other muscle and joint pains or know of someone who does, making the pain go away is a major goal. But what is the purpose of pain? It turns out there are some very important reasons why we are equipped to sense pain. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary,used by health professionals around the world, list more than 34 different ones! Pain causes you to pay attention to something that’s not working right. It is a warning that a limit of some type has been reached; that the body is not equipped to or cannot adapt further. So in many ways pain is a good thing, it is a warning. We get into trouble only when we misinterpret the pain, or think we can simply make it go away without attending to the underlying cause. Our immediate goal is to relieve the pain as quickly as possible, but more importantly our primary interest is the cause of the pain. Covering up the pain may be convenient but is costly in the long run. We want to correct the cause of the problem so that the pain does not keep reoccurring and joint degeneration and muscle changes do not set in. We stress our backs and necks everyday and if not properly maintained arthritic changes will develop.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Text Neck

Text Neck

Text neck is the term used to describe the injuries and pain sustained from looking down at wireless devices for too long. The symptoms associated with text neck are, chronic headaches, upper back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and increased curvature of the spine. We all would look down to read but now with the widespread use of smart phones and tablets people are spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted forward. An adult’s head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds, tilting the head forward just 15 degrees can increase the force on the cervical spine to 27 pounds. At 60 degrees, the common texting posture seen on sidewalks, metros, and office hallways everywhere, the stress on the spine can hit 60 pounds, thanks to the forces of gravity. While it is nearly impossible to avoid technology, people should make an effort to look at their phones with a “neutral spine”, sending their eyes downward and not their heads. Take frequent breaks throughout the day.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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Heat or Ice?

Heat or Ice?

When should you apply heat? When should you apply ice? Confusion abounds about these simple, yet helpful procedures. Use heat in the wrong circumstance and you can make the problem worse. Think back to high school chemistry. How do you slow down a reaction? You make it cool. So if you are trying to reduce inflammation use ice. Ice constricts blood vessels, helping to avoid muscle spasms and reduce swelling. It can also reduce nerve transmission of pain. Ice when used properly becomes a natural local anesthetic. Apply ice 15 to 20 minutes on and then off, allowing the area to warm up.

On the other hand, if you want to speed up a reaction, add heat. Topical heat can help increase blood circulation and improve flexibility. If you have a history of tight joints and muscle stiffness apply moist heat. Most people will take a hot shower or bath and feel some relief and think they should apply heat. But in the shower or tub your whole body is warm so it is just relaxing. If you apply localized heat to an area, that area is now warmer than the rest of the body and it will draw fluid to an already swollen area. Ice will push fluid out of the area and reduce inflammation. When pain and soreness are present always think ice. We use ice probably 95% of the time and you can never get in trouble with ice. Think of an athlete after a game or practice, they all ice.

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

Rules For Safe Lifting

Rules For Safe Lifting

1. Avoid bending from the waist only, bend the hips and the

knees.

2. Avoid lifting heavy objects higher than your waist.

3. Always turn and face the object you wish to lift.

4. Avoid carrying unbalanced loads.

5. Hold heavy objects close to your body.

6. Never carry or move anything which you cannot handle

with ease.

7. Avoid sudden movements. Learn to move more

deliberately.

8. Change positions frequently. In mopping, vacuuming,

raking, etc., always work with the tool close to the body.

Never use a giant step and a long reach in these

activities.

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.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Did You Know ….

Did You Know…

· In a Harvard study of 47,000 middle age men, those who ate 10 or more weekly servings of tomato based foods cut their prostate

cancer risk by 45 percent.

· The human brain is insensitive to pain. The suffering of a headache doesn’t come from the organ itself but from the nerves and

muscles lining it.

· When you were a baby, your heart weighed less than an ounce. It will grow to weigh about a pound. Yet this muscle that is only the

size of your fist will pump 2,000 gallons of blood each day.

· The average adult has between 40 billion and 50 billion fat cells.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Employees

Musculoskeletal conditions rank among the most common and costliest in healthcare for employers and their workers. Chiropractic care offers a cost effective, safe, high patient satisfaction option.

#ThinkChiropractic

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Dealing With 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

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Most people are not aware that the chiropractic philosophy of staying well, as well as getting well by natural means, dates back to ancient Greece. Holism, manipulation and natural healing all were emphasized by Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”. He said “Nature must heal; the physician can only remove the obstruction” and “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite to many diseases”. Heridicus, a contemporary of Hippocrates, was the first great drugless healer and the “Father of Kinesiology”. He conditioned athletes and ill people through therapeutic manipulation and exercise and was so successful that Aristotle once complained; “He made old men young and prolonged their lives too greatly”. Over two thousand years later, wellness has become a critical focus of health care efforts, treatment and research. Chiropractors specialize in the treatment and maintenance of the muscle, nerve and skeletal systems of your body so that you are pain free and feeling well and also so that you can maintain an active lifestyle and enjoy a high quality of life.

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