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Walking

Walking is a convenient solution to staying in shape. Walking accomplishes the following, and more: Improves cardiovascular endurance Tones muscles of the lower body Burns calories Reduces risk of heart attack. When selecting shoes for walking, always choose function over fashion.  Ill-fitting shoes can lead to pain throughout the body. The balls of your feet should rest exactly at the point where the toe end of the shoe bends during walking. Make sure to select shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb impact. Experts agree that you should replace your walking shoes every 300 to 500 miles. Starting out, walking just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits. It is optimal to walk 30 minutes five days per week. When walking, move your arms freely in coordination with the opposite leg. Make sure you do not stoop your head or look down as [...]

Back Pain in Golfers

Between twisting their bodies into odd postures and the motion of a bent-over stance 120 times over a three to four hour game along with walking miles, golfers have the potential for lower-back issues. Many golfers will continue to play until they get hurt, then start looking for help. But, regular chiropractic visits can reduce the likelihood of injury. The American Chiropractic Association suggests these simple tips to avoid back pain and improve your game: Purchase equipment that fits. Don't try to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs. Spend some extra time performing quality stretches before and after your game. Senior golfers, if you show signs of arthritis in the hands, consider a larger, more specialized grip for added safety and performance. Having clubs that are comfortable will increase the chances of playing for a long time without significant physical limitations. Learning proper swing technique is critical. At the end [...]

Pregnancy

Expectant mothers will have some discomfort throughout their pregnancy.  During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks.   The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips for pregnant women:   Exercise- Safe exercise during pregnancy can help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Try exercising at least three times a week, gently stretching before and after exercise.  Walking, swimming, and stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because they do not require jerking or bouncing movements. Health [...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.  CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.   It is the most expensive of all work related injuries. Over a lifetime, $30,000 could be spent on medical bills. CTS usually occurs in adults and is common in assembly line workers in manufacturing, sewing, fishing, cleaning, meatpacking.   A few symptoms include: burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common. There is treatment for CTS.  Initial therapy includes: Resting the affected hand and wrist Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending [...]

Healthy Habits for 2017

Everyone wants to start the new year off on a positive note. Here are a few tips to making 2017 your year! Take Vitamin D The claim to fame for vitamin D is the extraordinary health benefits it offers. Believe it or not, there is more to vitamin D than just bone health.  Vitamin D behaves like a hormone. The advantages vary as the research is accumulated. Only recently have the medical community started realizing the variety of benefits provided by this vitamin. As they continue to study it, more and more benefits are emerging. Vitamin D promotes huge health and wellness perks with little cost. Work On Your 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 [...]