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     Are you health-y?  What does it mean to be healthy?  The definition of health means to be sound in body, mind, and spirit.  But is this the end all?  How about health meaning a state of optimal physical mental and emotional well-being not merely the absence of disease or     dis-ease?  We tend to only focus on our health when we are sick or have issues that arise that makes us aware that something is wrong.  Does this make us healthy those other times that we are not noticing these things?  This happens all the time!  You may not know you have heart disease until you have a heart attack.  The heart disease is something that has been going on for a while.  The whole time you thought you were healthy because you didn’t experience any symptoms from that heart disease.  How about a tooth cavity?  You could be dealing with one for a long time and not know until you start to experience the pain associated with it.  The same could be said about your spine.  You may think and feel that everything is going well until you stand up out of bed and then “throw your back out”.  Were you as healthy as you thought you were?

    Our society is based on the idea that most of the time you go to the doctor when you are “sick”.  What led up to that cold?  Was it the virus or the bacteria, many people were exposed to this germ before it got to you? Why didn’t everyone get sick from it?  Maybe your body was not in an optimal state of health to defend the attack.  With your spine it is no different.  How is your spines health?  Is it able to handle your daily activities okay?  Perhaps you only feel a little discomfort after a long day at work sitting.  You couldn’t get up as much as you wanted to because you were very busy.  Far to often we ignore the little hints that our body is telling us that something is not alright but in a state of dis-ease.  The volcano is brewing, the pressure is building, and it can only hold on for so long.  When the pressure becomes too great, the weakest link fails, and pow-wee you have an eruption.  This happens in our everyday lives. “Throwing your back out” is almost never that one occasion.  Your body has been telling you there is something brewing, but we have misunderstood what the body is tell us, or worse we ignore it.  It’s not serious, I am health-y. 

 

Dr. Andrew P. Bauman, D.C.

Chiropractic Centers of Short Pump

 

Author: Dr. Andrew P. Bauman
Source: CCSP
Copyright: Chiropractic Centers of Short Pump 2018


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Did You Know Your Tension-Type Headache Might Originate in Your Back?

If you are an office worker, you might find yourself prone to tension-type headaches. These tension headaches can be dull, or throbbing, and make it hard for you to concentrate on your work. But why do you get them? Did you ever consider just how these headaches happen? Is it just general “stress”? Or is it something more?

The Relationship Between Tension Headaches and Your Back
It turns out that tension-type headaches may actually have something to do with the muscles in our back. Specifically, one study found that tenderness in the trapezius muscles was correlated with tension-type headaches in female office workers. (We can assume that this is similar for male office workers, as well.) If you look at a picture of the trapezius muscles, this connection makes a lot more sense. The trapezius muscles, or “traps” for short, are muscles that lay along the spine at the top part of the back. They fan out like diamonds, stretching up into your neck and down into the midsection of the back. Spending a lot of time hunched over a desk or peering into a computer most likely puts stress on these muscles as the head is tilted forward too much in what is called “forward head posture.” These muscles connect to the muscles of the head and face, encouraging stress and pain.

Chiropractic Care for Tension-Type Headache
Fortunately, we have a way to safely treat these headaches through expert chiropractic care. Contact us today for a consultation!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. July–Aug, 2018. Vol 41, Issue 6, Pages 483–487.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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Too Much Food Variety in Your Diet Can Lead to Unhealthy Eating

The American Heart Association (AHA) is now questioning the assumption that eating a diverse array of foods is good for your health. This has been a diet recommendation for years, but doctors and nutritionists don’t agree on what an "array" or "variety" of food means. In fact, including a wide variety of food in your diet may actually be unhealthy. According to new studies, diversity in food choices is tied to poor diet, including eating refined sugars and grains, processed food, and sugar-laden drinks. Doctors once recommended getting a variety of food in your diet because it helps you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need. However, with the rise of cheap junk food and its availability, people are confusing variety with quality. The AHA Behavioral Change for Improving Health Factors Committee reviewed fairly recent studies on the topic of food variety in the diet, including its impact on obesity and eating patterns. Overall, they came to the conclusion that diversity in the diet doesn't necessarily connect to healthy habits. In fact, they discovered evidence suggesting that eating a wider variety of foods is tied to eating more food in general, poor eating habits, and gaining weight. Instead, researchers promote eating a large variety of healthy foods, including whole grains, veggies, and fruits.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Circulation, online August 9, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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