Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day Traditions

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
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Proper Lifting

Proper Lifting to Avoid Back Pain

Spring is officially here! For many of us, there are spring projects that need to complete. Whether you are planting your flower garden or cleaning and organizing your garage, it is important to make sure you are lifting and moving objects correctly, so you don’t injury your back.

Before you do any heavy lifting, we recommend you think through the task at hand. Decide where you are carrying the object to, if and whether or not you will need help to moving the object. Look for a pathway that is clear from debris and clutter. We also recommend you do some stretches before lifting.

Stand in front of the object you are going to be moving. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other foot. Remember to keep a wide base for support.

Slowly squat downand remember to bend at the hips and knees only. Your knees should not move forward beyond the line of your toes.

Don’t forget about your posture!Make sure to look straight ahead while keeping your back straight and your shoulders back.

Lift graduallyby stretching your hips and knees. Try to keep the natural curve in your lower back and remember to breathe while lifting. Remember NOT to twist as you lift.

Hold the objectyou are carrying as close to your body as possible; this decreases the strain on your lower back.

Take small stepsand lead with your hips when changing direction. Keep your shoulders aligned with your hips as you move. When setting the object down, remember to squat with the knees and hips only.

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

Is your desk job killing you?

Yes, Your Desk Job Is Killing You, New Study Confirms

Go on, take a break: Your life could depend on it. New research has found that sitting for too long can play a direct role in an early death. Don’t worry too much, though. Experts suggest that getting up to move around every half-hour or so may be enough to help counteract this risk.

Research published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine appears to confirm what has long been suspected: Your desk job is slowly killing you. The research found a link between sitting for too many hours during the day and risk of early death, suggesting that doing one may lead to the other.

"I think the simple message is sit less, move more, and move frequently," study co-author Keith Diaz says.

Unfortunately, between commuting and office work, it’s difficult for many to avoid sitting for extended periods of time. The study suggests that "interrupting sedentary time" would help reduce this risk and that even very short breaks can make a difference.

"We found that the longer your movement break the better (that is, the lower your risk of death), and the more intense your movement break the better," says Diaz. "Our minimum definition of a movement break was one minute."

For the study, researchers followed 7,985 adults over four years, noting everything from age, to how long the individuals spent seated, to how often they got up for breaks and how vigorously they spent that time. The results showed that individuals who sat for longer periods of time without any breaks were more likely to die early from all causes of death. Diaz hypothesizes that frequent movement may help to manage blood sugar levels and prevent the formation of blood clots in the legs.

The finding is likely not shocking to most, as exercise has been hailed as the solution to nearly all health problems.

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

Spinal Health Care Class

Our next Spinal Health Care Class is Wednesday May 15 at 6:15 P.M.

This class 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

Tech neck

Tech neck can cause chronic low back and neck pain, as well as early degeneration of the spine.

See your doctor of chiropractic for preventative measures. #ThinkChiropractic

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

Gardening

Gardening

The weather is warming up and many people will spend more time outside working in the yard and gardening. Your body may not be ready for all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, remember you haven’t done those motions in months. It’s not a matter of fitness but of using muscles differently, very similar to changing your exercise program. It feels great to be outside and everyone tends to over do it initially, what you can do comfortably in July is different than what you can do in March. Begin in moderation, take breaks and make sure you stretch and loosen up. Work into longer periods of time as your body gets used to working in the yard again.

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

Sleep

2 Of The Easiest and Best Things To Do To Improve Your Health

Everyone can improve their health by drinking more water and getting more sleep.

Sleep

Most people don’t get enough sleep. Your body needs sufficient sleep to rest and regenerate, it is vital to the regular daily cycle for good health. You can’t survive on four hours of sleep a night. Many people think they can get along with not much sleep but your body needs it. Without a sufficient amount of sleep people became irritable, have joint aches and pains, experience weight gain, and become generally lethargic and less mentally sharp. Research has shown time and again when you get more sleep, mood improves, physically you feel better and cognitive ability improves. When they do this research with college students getting more sleep, test scores always improve!

Here are several benefits of getting more sleep:

1. Better health – Study after study has found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity.

2. Less pain-Getting enough sleep may actually make you hurt less. Many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and lower pain threshold.

3. Lower risk of injury-Sleeping enough might actually keep you safer. Sleep deprivationhas been linked with many accidents and disasters.

4. Better mood-You have probably noticed that when you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to be cranky. Not getting enough sleep affects your emotional regulation.

5. Better weight control– sleep loss goes along with an increased risk of weight gain.

6. Clearer thinking– Sleep loss affects how you think, it impairs your cognition, your attention, and your decision-making

7. Better memory-Studies have shown that while we sleep, our brains process and consolidate our memories from the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, it seems like those memories might not get stored correctly.

8. Stronger immunity– People who got seven hours of sleep a night or less were almost three times as likely to get sick as the people who got at least eight hours of sleep a night.

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

Posture and Mobile Devices

IN, UP, BACK & DOWN – Get into this routine to practice proper posture when using your mobile device. #ThinkChiropractic

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