Halloween is almost here! Soon it will be time to put on a costume and pass out candy. This is a time of year when many people over-indulge on candy and unhealthy snacks, which can lead to weight gain and other health-related problems. Exercising, eating healthy meals and seeing the chiropractor can help strengthen your body, improve your health and prevent unnecessary weight gain.
It’s vital to seek treatment for a concussion as soon as possible. While initial diagnostic testing is often conducted by a physician or sports medicine specialist, typically in a hospital setting, those battling ongoing symptoms may benefit from chiropractic care.
What is a Concussion?
When you suffer a sudden bump or blow to the head, you may receive a concussion, a type of TBI caused by rapid movement forcing the brain to move back and forth rapidly inside your skull. That unnaturally abrupt motion can damage the brain, leading to changes on a chemical and/or cellular level.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussions range from mild to severe, with symptoms following a similar arc. Signs of a concussion include:
To help facilitate a fast, complete recovery, it’s crucial to seek medical treatment any time you have a head injury, but especially if you experience any of the symptoms listed above. Red flag symptoms, such as loss of consciousness, uneven pupils, difficulty walking, repeated vomiting, and excruciating headache or seizures, requires an immediate call to 999 or trip to the emergency room.
Chiropractic Care for Concussions
Conventional medicine focuses on two issues surrounding concussions: prevention and medicated management of symptoms. Both concerns are valid, especially the idea of prevention; wearing a helmet and other protective gear while playing sports helps prevent a TBI in the first place. It also helps ward off repeated brain injuries, the consequences of which can be increasingly catastrophic.
With chiropractic care, however, we take treatment one step further by addressing all the peripheral concerns caused by your concussion. Rather than throwing anti-inflammatories at your muscle pain or prescribing painkillers to quell migraines, we try to get to the root cause, which is often a dysfunction in the musculoskeletal or nervous systems.
Understanding Brain Health and Alignment
Your spine is amazing. There are 33 vertebrae working hard to keep you upright and moving, including the ones at the very top holding your head in place. The force behind a traumatic brain injury or whiplash can knock those vertebrae out of place — even a misalignment as small as one-fourth of a millimetre could interrupt cellular communication and lead to a surprisingly robust list of symptoms.
Seeing a Chiropractor for Concussions
Though your first stop for a suspected concussion can and should be an MD or other emergency room personnel, a doctor of chiropractic can help with everything from evaluation to management, especially in the long-term. Chiropractors are well-suited to concussion treatment, and have the knowledge and expertise to lend a helping hand.
Helping Yourself Heal from a Concussion
Whether you receive ongoing chiropractic care for your concussion or not, there are three things that can help facilitate progress:
If you’re battling ongoing symptoms of a concussion and need help navigating your new normal, reach out to our team at Lifetime Wellness Chiropractic and get on the road to a happier, healthier you.
Original post from www.northeastspineandsports.com
What is Omega-3 and why is it important?
First, it is a fat. The good type of fat. The “omega” is simply a way organic chemists name the long string of carbon atoms. At one end is a carboxylic acid molecule (called alpha) and a methyl at the other end (called omega).
Our Tips for Feeling Your Best This Winter
Here are a few ways that we at Lifetime Wellness Chiropractic ensure our staff and families are functioning and feeling their best through the winter months.
Drink Plenty of Water
As the days get cooler it can be hard to keep your fluid levels up. It is just as important however to be drinking 2+ liters of water each day. If you exercise you want to increase this water intake as sweating means we lose key fluids that allow our organs to clean and regenerate. Did you know as humans we are approx. 70% water?! If you let yourself become dehydrated the important organs that work to keep us alive fall under stress and mean we are more susceptible to illness.
Keep Regular Exercise Up
Daylight savings means its cooler and darker in the mornings so getting up for that walk or run in the morning can easily be traded for sleep. It’s important we keep our bodies moving regularly. Breaking up regular sitting time is important – even small breaks from prolonged sitting are good for health. There are lots of studies out there that show even as little as 30 mins of walking throughout the day improves mood, well-being and adds years to your life. The opposite is true too, extended sitting takes years off your life! So get out there and move your body wherever possible.
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Get Plenty of Rest
Do your best, it can be hard in our busy world but wherever possible schedule some time for YOU! A cuppa, nice book, warm spot and peace. Or an early night. We need sleep to regenerate. Without it this can heavily effect immune and overall body function.
Last but Not Least – Get Adjusted!
Many people associate chiropractic care as a way to treat back and neck problems. This is true but there are so many other ways that chiropractic care can also help us. Take our immune system for example - studies published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics by Brennan and Triano show that several types of immune system cells increase biological activity after a chiropractic adjustment (for more on that study just click here). When you think about this, it really makes sense as the nervous, immune and endocrine systems are intrinsically linked. Misalignment of the spine can effect the ability of our nervous system to communicate effectively and impair co-ordination of our immune system. Often when we feel sick we try to avoid people and stay in our home as much as we can. However a trip to your chiropractor is highly recommended during these times and may be the boost your body is looking for.
Hopefully with these tips, you too can have a winter free of ills and chills. Share this info with your friends and family to get the best out of your body this winter.
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Many people spend a tremendous amount of time sitting at a desk all day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four American adults sits for more than eight hours per day. There is ever-growing evidence that sitting for extended periods of time is bad for your spine, but what do you do if sitting is part of your job? You have to make a living, after all! Here are some tips to improve your workspace and promote a healthier spine.
Be Choosey With Your Chair
If you have to spend your day sitting, you want a chair that is friendly to your spine. Not only should your chair be comfortable and cushy, but it should also include the ability to swivel or roll, adjustable height, and arm support.
These features are a great place to start to ensure your chair is giving you the support you need while sitting. Keep in mind that even with a quality chair, you should still get up at least once an hour to stretch your legs and back. We are happy to suggest some desk stretches for you to do, or even just a walk to the restroom or to get water will improve how you feel throughout the day.
Stuck Staring At A Screen?
If staring at a screen is part of your daily routine, make sure that it is just below or at eye level. You want to do your best to keep your head level, as tilting it for long periods of time will cause problems with your neck and shoulders later on. If you use a laptop, stack it on some books or purchase a laptop stand so it is at eye level.
The Dutiful Desk
Sitting all day is no good for your spine, so why not try a standing desk? Standing desks take some of the pressure off your back that comes with sitting all day and it also helps with your posture. It is hard to develop poor sitting posture if you aren’t sitting! Keep in mind that standing for long periods of time can also harm your spine, and as with most things in life, it’s all about balance.
For more tips on how you can improve your workstation, just ask during your next adjustment or contact us!
Original post from www.marksonchiropractic.com
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