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» Ahh! This Cold is Terrible
» How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve “Forward Head Posture”
» Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Less Screen Time
» Over One-Quarter of the Entire World’s Population Doesn’t Get Enough Exercise

Ahh! This Cold is Terrible

It is that time of year, short days, frigid temperatures, and seemingly everyone is fighting a cold or flu of some sort.  We are all counting the down the days till we can go outside and get that breath of fresh air.  In the meantime, we stock up on our over-the-counter remedies, and hope that what we are taking will relieve our stuffy nose, cough, and aches.  Always looking for something better just to make it through the day.  If only there was something quick and easy that could perk us up.  What about getting adjusted?

Having your spine adjusted does not only reduce the discomfort in your back, but it can also boost your immune system.  How is this possible?  Every function of your body including your immune system is regulated by your nervous system.  The spine is the home of the spinal cord, where all the information is passed from your body to your brain. Think of it this way.  Let’s say you buy the latest and greatest television on the market, as well as the best cable you can have.  You get the tv set up (it’s your body), in the best location you can find in your living room.  You’re so excited to see the high-quality picture you instantly turn it on.  What do you get?  The big blue screen that says, “no input”.    Oh, yea you forgot to turn on the cable box (your brain).  Still nothing.  Finally, you remember you forgot to plug your television to the cable box with the cord (spinal cord).  Magically you have that awesome picture you were so excited to have.  You must have a good connection from your brain to the rest of your body or it doesn’t function properly.

 When you are receiving a spinal adjustment, you are also removing any interference that may be present in the nervous system.  Allowing your body and brain work together help you function at the highest levels.  Wait, you’re starting to feel a cold come on now?  Is it too late to get adjusted?  Certainly not.  Recent research has shown that when you receive an adjustment there is a spike of the cells that help fight off those virus and bacterial bad guys.  That way you can get back to feeling normal a little quicker.

Getting adjusted isn’t going to suddenly make your cold disappear like Houdini, but it could help reduce the amount of time you spend rubbing that nose with a tissue.  Nothing is more frustrating then a sore nose from tissues!

 

Dr. Andrew P. Bauman, D.C.

Chiropractic Centers of Short Pump

Author: Dr. Andrew P. Bauman
Source: CCSP
Copyright: CCSP 2019


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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve “Forward Head Posture”

If you spend a lot of time at the computer or looking down at your smartphone, you may be dealing with "forward head posture." Fortunately, this condition can be corrected with the right chiropractic care which often includes therapeutic exercises and stretches. 
What Is Forward Head Posture?
Forward head posture refers to when our head is not positioned properly over the body and is too far forward. This is typically caused by too much screen time in today’s computerized world although spending too much time at a desk or writing by hand, knitting or sewing could also cause an issue over time. Our head should be balanced on the top of our neck. This is often described as how a golf ball sits on top of a tee. The ears should be in line with the shoulders, not in front. The neck has a natural "C" curve when viewed from the side when the head is in the proper position. When the head is too far forward, that natural "C" curve can be reduced or lost increasing the tension on the structures of the neck and upper back. This can cause the upper back to become excessively curved in it's natural reversed "C" shape resulting in a condition called "kyphosis." When forward head posture becomes the norm for your body, it can lead to chronic neck pain, headaches, and spinal disc problems.
The Solution for Forward Head Posture
Fortunately, chiropractic care can significantly help. Additionally, many chiropractors not only utilize chiropractic-specific spinal adjustments to help correct these postural abnormalities, but additionally employ the use of in-office and/or at home therapeutic exercise regimen. If you are suffering from headaches, neck pain, or shoulder pain or discomfort, contact us today for a no-obligation evaluation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT: July–August, 2018 Volume 41, Issue 6, Pages 530–539.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Less Screen Time

A new doctor-authored resource for parents has some surprising news: Parents should limit their own screen time as well as their kids'. Here's why: Kids often mirror their parents' words and actions. According to Dr. Jenny Radesky, a co-writer of the resource in JAMA Pediatrics, this includes how parents interact with their smartphones – and how often. Dr. Radesky's research on the subject has revealed that parents preoccupied with their phones typically engage in less one-on-one interactions with their children, have more parent-child conflicts, and run into more behavioral issues with their kids. She also cites previous studies on TV-watching and parenting with similar results – parents who watched more television had kids who watched more television. Luckily, the parental resource Radesky co-authored with Dr. Megan Moreno has some suggestions for limiting your screen time and strengthening your family relationships. For instance, they recommend stepping back from your phone in instances where you would usually turn to it for stress-relief, distraction, or to avoid conflict. Instead, try something else, like breathing deeply. Engage with those around you and give them your full attention. The doctors promote establishing specific times when the whole family can unplug and do a single activity together. They also advise avoiding behaviors you wouldn’t want your kids to learn, like looking at your phone while driving your car, or ignoring others while using your phone.  In short, if you want your kids to learn good phone etiquette and safety, model it for them.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, online August 27, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Over One-Quarter of the Entire World’s Population Doesn’t Get Enough Exercise

About 1.4 billion people around the globe – about one-quarter of all the adults on earth – aren't getting enough physical activity in their day-to-day lives. According to a study from the World Health Organization, people who don't exercise enough daily are at higher risk for cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, to start. To keep healthy, you need a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous, strenuous activity every week. According to the 2016 study, only one-third of women and one-fourth of men were not getting the recommended amounts.  The countries with the highest rates of inactivity were mostly Middle Eastern, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, as well as American Samoa. Over 50% of adults in these areas were not getting enough physical activity. Meanwhile, 40% of all U.S. adults, 14% of Chinese adults, and 36% of British adults were not active enough. In addition to the high rates of inactivity, the study found that these rates are staying stagnant despite growing research that proves how vital exercise is to health. In fact, inactivity is twice as high in richer countries versus poorer ones, and even increased during the years 2001-2016 by 5%. One big reason may be because sedentary occupations are becoming the norm in richer countries, while poorer countries have more active occupations.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Lancet Glob Health 2018; 6: e1077–86.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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