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» Prevent the Fall
» A Little Exercise, A Longer Life
» Chiropractic Care Beneficial For Disc Herniations
» Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain

Prevent the Fall  


Chiropractic care provides a variety of benefits. Some are noticeable right after the adjustment; others may never be noticed. Avoiding falling may never be noticed if you didn’t fall, but that adjustment you had earlier that day or week may have helped you. How is that possible?

Having your spine adjusted isn’t only about taking care of the bones in your back, it’s about improving the nervous systems ability to communicate. When you have an adjustment to fixated segments in the spine, it stimulates the nerves in those joints. Nerves do more than just tell you something hurts. The nerves in the joints of your spine tell your brain where they are in space. This in turn helps you balance.

When the nerves are not able to communicate properly, your ability to balance is decreased. Try standing on one leg with your eyes closed for a few seconds, it’s harder than it looks. If you can perform this task, then you will have less of a chance of falling. If you cannot perform this task, then you need to work on getting those nerves communicating with your brain.

 We all trip from time to time, but if you find yourself falling from tripping, then you need to have your spine evaluated. It may be as simple as the nerves are not functioning up to their potential. Once you have them working properly, you will be able to catch yourself before you hit the ground. This will lead to you to having less bumps and bruises



Author:Dr. Andrew P. Bauman, D.C.
Copyright:Chiropractic Centers of Short Pump 2019

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A Little Exercise, A Longer Life  

Individuals partaking in even just a small amount of low-intensity exercise are significantly less likely to die prematurely than their sedentary counterparts, according to researchers.  The findings come from examining data from 10 previous studies of more than 36,000 older subjects.  The evidence is becoming more clear – stop moving, and the risk of death increases significantly.  Being sedentary 10 hours a day increased death during the close to 7-year study by 48%.  Those that pushed their sedentary lifestyle to 12 hours a day nearly tripled their risk of death during this time frame.  The good news is that researchers found that literally any level of physical activity level was beneficial.  Thus, you don’t need to run a marathon or even run to reap the benefits.  Simply get up, get out and just move!
Source:BMJ 2019;366:l5051 LLC 2019

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Chiropractic Care Beneficial For Disc Herniations  

A recently published study has found chiropractic spinal manipulation provides beneficial effects for individuals with painful disc herniations. The study included 148 patients suffering from acute and chronic low back pain and leg pain with visible lumbar (lower back) disc herniations as seen on MRI. Patients were treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation - the most common treatment provided by chiropractors. Researchers reported significant improvements for all outcomes at all points of follow-up. At the 3 month mark, approximately 91% of patients were "improved" with 88% "improved" at the 1 year mark. Although acute patients improved faster by 3 months, 82% of chronic patients reported "improvement" with 89% "improved" at 1 year. Importantly, there were no adverse events reported from receiving their chiropractic care. If you are suffering from back pain, leg pain and/or have a known disc herniation, contact your local chiropractor for a consultation today.
Source:JMPT. Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2014. LLC 2014

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Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain  

Numerous sleep studies have been conducted to determine how sleep affects the human body and overall health. However, no studies have specifically looked into how sleep affects the brain in aging adults. In efforts to answer this question, Chinese researchers reviewed MRI scans, health questionnaires and cognitive tests on 66 Chinese adults over the age of 55. They then repeated this 2 years later and compared the data. Their findings indicate that those who slept less had more age-related brain shrinkage and an increased decline in cognitive performance. Sleep plays a crucial role in cellular repair and memory consolidation. Lack sleep and you’ll starve your body’s ability to heal, repair and regenerate. Researchers offered the following tips to those who struggle with adequate sleep - Avoid napping during the day, keep your bedroom dark and quiet, have a comfortable mattress, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and avoid activities that excite your brain and body close to bedtime.
Source:Sleep. July 1, 2014. LLC 2014

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