Back to Balance Wellness Center https://backtobalancechiro.com Buckhead, Atlanta, GA Wed, 30 Jan 2019 22:53:20 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.12 8 Painful Signs You Should Go See a Chiropractor https://backtobalancechiro.com/uncategorized/8-painful-signs-you-should-go-see-a-chiropractor/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/uncategorized/8-painful-signs-you-should-go-see-a-chiropractor/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:34:01 +0000 http://backtobalancechiro.com/?p=1495 Dealing with any type of body pain can debilitate your daily life and make normal, routine tasks much more difficult to perform. Do you cringe at the idea of walking up a large set of stairs? What happens when you drop a pen? Have you bailed out of that pick-up basketball game recently? It may […]

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Dealing with any type of body pain can debilitate your daily life and make normal, routine tasks much more difficult to perform. Do you cringe at the idea of walking up a large set of stairs? What happens when you drop a pen? Have you bailed out of that pick-up basketball game recently? It may be time to see someone about that. Remember that your health and wellness is the backbone (pun intended) to live a happy life. Ideally, we want to get ahead of these pains through check-ups with your primary physician and regular visits to your chiropractor; however, we get so busy sometimes that they sneak into your life unexpectedly and then treatment becomes necessary. As addictive opiates and prescription medications continue to dominate pain management in the United States, you may want to consider natural remedies to the aches and strains by meeting with a trained professional. If your chiropractor isn’t already on speed-dial, here are eight signs that it’s time to call for that initial appointment.

You Were In An Auto Collision

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In Georgia, in 2015, there were almost 20,000 serious injuries related to traffic collisions, among a total of 385,000 crashes. These unfortunate instances can immediately cause severe pain to your neck and back, the most notorious being whiplash– where the neck violently and suddenly jerks one-way putting extreme pressure on the spine, and potentially affecting joints, discs, and muscles. However, pieces of these injuries could linger late into your life, as well. If you’ve been in a vehicular accident in the past you may not realize the long-term effects that can silently wreak havoc on your body, especially regarding the neck.

Neck Pain

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look up. Look down. Bob your head to that new catchy tune. Do any of those motions make your neck feel tight or restricted, or cause pain? It may be time to pick up that phone and make an appointment. Neck pain is one of the most commonly reported conditions of new and returning patients. Chiropractors are specifically trained to manipulate your spine in order to improve neck mobility and decrease tension. A 2007 report from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that patients who experienced spinal manipulation reported highly improved, pain-free neck movement.

Back Pain

massage therapy atlantaBack pain is a very common ailment across all ages. There are many causes and reasons for it: some short term, like a quick movement when picking up a box; and some long-term, like getting karate kicked by a ninja in the back. More commonly, though, it’s due to intense physical labor at your job or during recreation that can put extra pressure on all parts of the back; and, through the years, our body slowly deteriorates with many seniors suffering from osteoporosis. The increase of technologies and unbalanced diets has also led to an increase in obesity, which puts extra pressure on the back. So, building and maintaining a strong spine will undoubtedly improve your quality of life for years. Besides physical therapies, chiropractors will advise you how to stand, lift, look at your phone and all those other small everyday changes that can impact your back health.

Leg Pain

Lower back pain that extends down through the back of your legs and possibly to the feet could be a sign that you have Sciatica– a condition where your Sciatic nerve becomes pinched or inflamed, usually due to a herniated disc or bone spur. Some patients report feelings of pins and needles down their legs, while others refer to chronic leg cramps. The good news: Sciatica is completely treatable without surgery. Chiropractors will guide you back to health with holistic physical rehabilitation and lifestyle assistance to deal with the problem.

Constant Headaches

Stress has become much more prevalent in the current technology age. Between work and home, we spend plenty of stationary time in front of screens without realizing the effect it can have on our health. This lack of movement and constant stimuli can be a trigger for increased tension in the upper back, neck, and scalp, which can be a major cause of acute or chronic headaches. Chiropractors and wellness professionals will be able to pinpoint the origin of this tension and manipulate the spine or body area to relieve it, while also offering advice on ergonomic postures and relaxation techniques. Don’t let migraines determine how you live.

Sports Injuries—  

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A National Health Statistics report showed that, in a three-year span, Americans aged five years and over sustained 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injuries per year. Sports play an important factor in teamwork, physical fitness, focus, and drive, but accidents always happen. The small injuries you may have initially ignored after the game can compound and evolve over days, weeks or months. If you enter the arena or step onto the field with that slight pain, you could run the risk of snowballing the issue. Chiropractors will diagnose the ache in your muscle, joint, disc or extremity, and provide you with at-home preventative care.

You Wake Up In Pain

Have you ever accidentally fallen asleep on the couch and woken up stiff as a board? Your posture when sleeping can have a strong effect on your neck, back, and spine. This can impact your sleep cycles and result in insomnia. Proper sleep is very important for overall health, so if you’re waking up groaning with soreness then it may be time to call a chiropractor. They will be able to readjust and massage your ailments and also recommend ergonomic mattresses and pillows to prevent it from happening again. Additionally, you may not be getting enough oxygen when asleep. Some chiropractors use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy which will help reintroduce oxygen to your bloodstream and increase energy levels and breathing patterns.

You Feel a Bit Sad

The mental anguish stemming from anxiety and stress is very common in our modern society– depression affects 40 million adults aged 18 years or older in the United States. There is no one identifiable cause for depression and self-diagnosis can be ineffective. Since the health and wellness of the body directly relate to the mind, you could be unaware of tension or pressure in your body that places the pain in the mind. Deep massage and chiropractic holistic therapies will circulate the blood and loosen that unknown tension you may be holding onto.

If you are experiencing any of these, acutely or chronically, please call Back to Balance Wellness Center at 404-378-1550 to speak to a professional and schedule an appointment. Life is only so long, don’t live it in pain.

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Back to Balance Chiropractor Launches New Website https://backtobalancechiro.com/uncategorized/back-to-balance-chiropractor-launches-new-website/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/uncategorized/back-to-balance-chiropractor-launches-new-website/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 03:57:44 +0000 http://backtobalancechiro.com/?p=1491 Back to Balance Wellness Center Atlanta, GA USA https://lovethespinemidtown.com   Atlanta, GA–Back to Balance Wellness Center a premiere chiropractor in Atlanta, recently launched a new website designed to aid patients and further their business. Their new site is intended to accommodate more patients as the clinic experiences a period of booming growth. The site assists […]

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Back to Balance Wellness Center

Atlanta, GA

USA

https://lovethespinemidtown.com

 

Atlanta, GA–Back to Balance Wellness Center a premiere chiropractor in Atlanta, recently launched a new website designed to aid patients and further their business. Their new site is intended to accommodate more patients as the clinic experiences a period of booming growth. The site assists patients by helping many to schedule appointments and orients newcomers with information on the wellness center itself.

 

Back to Balance has grown in recent years under the leadership of Dr. Manning and Dr. Germain. The two doctors, as well as the rest of the team at Back to Balance Wellness Center, seek to provide holistic care. Back to Balance offers a range of wellness services, from chiropractic massage to guides on stretching, and other physical therapies.

 

With the increase in business, the next logical step for this growing chiropractor in Atlanta, GA was revamping their website. The new site gives patients an easy way to connect with information about where they receive care from. But the website turned into more than an information resource, developing into a platform where patients can complete pre-appointment tasks. Now on the new site, patients can fill out pre-appointment forms and gather information about how to make their visits as successful as possible by becoming more knowledgeable of the therapy they partake in. It also assists clients by letting them get to know the other therapy options they can have if they continue to seek treatment for their injuries.

 

The newly launched website caters to Back to Balance’s fast-paced clientele. The company built the website to suit their clients’ desires for instant information on their conditions and the variety of treatments available. The site also satisfies client’s needs for quick and easy booking of appointments in their busy lives. Plus, the mindfulness towards patients does not stop there with the Back to Balance Wellness Center website. The site even features an accessible layout option so that clients of regardless of personal ability can use the site, with any digital tools to assist them.

 

As Back to Balance Wellness Center continues to grow and expand its services and clientele, the website promises to be a tool that grows and develops with them. The invaluable service provided in person is clearly reflected online through the center’s commitment to knowledge, accessibility, and ease even in the face of rapid growth.

 

Contact: Matt Germain

admin@lovethespine.com

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Atlanta Chiropractor Love The Spine Midtown Is Now Backtobalancechiro.com https://backtobalancechiro.com/uncategorized/atlanta-chiropractor-love-the-spine-midtown-is-now-backtobalancechiro-com/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/uncategorized/atlanta-chiropractor-love-the-spine-midtown-is-now-backtobalancechiro-com/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 02:52:49 +0000 http://backtobalancechiro.com/?p=1449 Back to Balance Wellness Center 67 Peachtree Park Dr NE Suite 101 Atlanta, GA 30309 United States 404-378-1550 www.lovethespinemidtown.com Atlanta, GA – A local chiropractor is making big changes and wants to invite their patients to come along for the ride. Back to Balance Wellness Center is excited to announce a new website domain that […]

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Back to Balance Wellness Center

67 Peachtree Park Dr NE Suite 101

Atlanta, GA 30309

United States

404-378-1550

www.lovethespinemidtown.com

Atlanta, GA – A local chiropractor is making big changes and wants to invite their patients to come along for the ride. Back to Balance Wellness Center is excited to announce a new website domain that will be easier for patients to find and access at their leisure.

As one of the most prominent chiropractors in Midtown, Back to Balance Wellness Center has been proudly serving the residents in the Buckhead district for all of their chiropractic needs, be it back pain, muscular tension, headaches, or neck pain. Their chiropractors in Buckhead, Atlanta, are happy to accommodate their valued patients and are looking forward to expanding their clientele in the future.

With more information going paperless every single day, Back to Balance Wellness Center is finding new ways to ensure that their patients aren’t missing out. They offer numerous accommodations such as a bi-weekly newsletter which includes articles covering the latest in health and wellness news, as well as a YouTube channel where viewers can find videos that demonstrate stretches one can try in the comfort of their own home.

In addition to this, both returning and prospective patients have the ability to book appointments through the website with a few simple clicks, and can also find any other information they might need through their Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. New patients can find what to expect at their very first appointment and how their chiropractor will find the right health plan for them. New patients are even able to find all patient forms online available for downloading and printing to expedite the enrollment process from their home or office.

Back to Balance Wellness Center strives to make life easier on both its patients’ spines and their minds. With so many tools and helpful links available through the main page, it is crucial that both new patients and old are able to easily find and access the website.

With this in mind, Back to Balance will be transitioning the website domain from lovethespinemidtown.com to backtobalancechiro.com. This new domain will ensure that patients are able to easily access all of the amenities offered to them, as well as answer any further questions they might have. Back to Balance Wellness Center looks forward to its new home at backtobalancechiro.com and cordially invites all patients and colleagues to join them in this new venture.

Contact: Matt Germain

admin@lovethespine.com

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Repetitive Motion Injuries https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/repetitive-motion-injuries/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/repetitive-motion-injuries/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:07:20 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=212 A repetitive motion injury (or overuse injury) involves doing an action over and over again, as with a baseball pitcher throwing a baseball, a tennis player hitting a tennis ball, typing at a computer keyboard, and most notoriously, typing with your thumbs on the tiny keypad of your phone. It may be reasonably asserted that […]

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A repetitive motion injury (or overuse injury) involves doing an action over and over again, as with a baseball pitcher throwing a baseball, a tennis player hitting a tennis ball, typing at a computer keyboard, and most notoriously, typing with your thumbs on the tiny keypad of your phone. It may be reasonably asserted that our musculoskeletal systems were not designed for such repeated motion sequences utilizing small muscle groups, but rather for a wide variety of tasks involving bending, lifting, twisting and turning, and walking and running that confronted early human progenitors a million and more years ago.

The repeated movements implicated in overuse injuries cause inflammatory reactions, which affect muscle-tendon units that move bones and ligaments that hold joints together.1 The short-term result may be achy or sharp pain localized to a specific muscle or joint. Longer-term results of repetitive motion injuries include more frequent pain, possibly experienced throughout the day, and more significant structural damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In the case or carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive use may permanently damage nerve bundles that supply the muscles and other soft tissues of the hand.2

Overall, it would be optimal to avoid repetitive motions altogether, but for almost all of us this is simply not an option. It would certainly be sensible to restrict typing on the keypad of our phones, but limiting typing on a full-size keyboard would conflict with the work environment in which most of us earn our livelihood. Whether we are writers, healthcare professionals, members of a sales team, data analysts, or human resource administrators at government or nonprofit agencies, working at a computer comprises a substantial portion of our work week, and may even extend into one or both days of what used to be known as a “weekend”. Similarly, athletes are not going to stop or limit participation in their sport owing to the possibility of a future repetitive motion injury.

The solution lies in a prevention program that incorporates graduated, comprehensive strength training activities into our regular exercise routines.3 Performing upper and lower body strength training exercises each week trains both large and small muscles groups to adapt to mechanical loads throughout a full range of motion. Beginners start with light weights and gradually increase the number of repetitions and the amount of the weight being lifted. Those who have done strength training in the past may have a shorter learning curve and more quickly re-adapt themselves to this critical and rewarding exercise environment. The key for everyone is to exercise each major muscle group, that is, the chest, back, shoulders, arms, and legs, at least one time per week on a consistent, ongoing basis.

Regular chiropractic care assists all of us in our exercise activities and in achieving our long-term health and wellness goals. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments and sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care enables our bodies to receive and incorporate the full benefits of our healthy lifestyle choices, including healthy nutrition, sufficient restful sleep, and regular vigorous exercise. In this way, regular chiropractic care helps our families and ourselves to live full, healthy lives.

1 Warrender WJ, et al A Seasonal Variation in the Prevalence of Common Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Conditions. J Wrist Surg 7(3):232-236, 2018

2 Inge Petter Kleggetveit IP, Jørum E: Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome Scand J Pain Published Online: 2018-06-12; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjpain-2018-0089

3 Pogorzelski J, Nonoperative treatment of five common shoulder injuries: A critical analysis. Obere Extrem 13(2):89-97, 2018; doi: 10.1007/s11678-018-0449-1

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Back to School and Mental Wellness https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/back-to-school-and-mental-wellness/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/back-to-school-and-mental-wellness/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:06:29 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=209 Summer is a subjectively fleeting season and school days are upon us once again. For children, this bittersweet time marks the completion of a period of relative freedom and the beginning of a new set of responsibilities. For adults, the onset of late summer and early fall signals yet another turn of the wheel of […]

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Summer is a subjectively fleeting season and school days are upon us once again. For children, this bittersweet time marks the completion of a period of relative freedom and the beginning of a new set of responsibilities. For adults, the onset of late summer and early fall signals yet another turn of the wheel of life, reminding us of our mortality on the one hand and of all we have accomplished and have yet to achieve during our time on earth on the other.

For both children and adults, mental wellness is a key component of our successful adaptation to the changing seasons. Such mental well-being is especially important during the time of transition to a new school year. Hopes and expectations are high, and yet the change of scene may be daunting, for both the children and the parents. New teachers, new classmates, new relationships, and new academic challenges directly confront a child’s settled view of the world and the wishes and desires of parents for their child’s ongoing development as a human being and future contributing member of society.

As the child will be spending significant portions of her or his day in the school environment, it is critically important to ensure that healthy lifestyle choices are proactively available.1,2 Healthy lifestyle choices include providing a variety of nutritious foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, at snack times and at lunch. As well, daily vigorous exercise is a necessary component of all school programs, beginning with the youngest grades and continuing all the way through high school. From a public policy perspective, addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) will help to foster a rich and rewarding school experience.3 The SDOH include sufficient green space in both the city center and surrounding communities, especially with respect to the inner city. The built environment is a key component of the SDOH, including working street lights, sufficient four-way stop signs, clearly marked pedestrian crossings, and ensuring that school buildings are adhering to all safety codes.

Mental well-being for the entire family is supported by regular chiropractic care. By correcting spinal misalignments and eliminating sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps our bodies to function at optimal capacity. Regular chiropractic care helps remove the causes of many musculoskeletal aches and pains, headaches, fatigue, irritability, and nervousness. In this way, regular chiropractic care reduces and removes sources of mental stress, and helps our mental and physiological processes to work in unison. The result is improved ability to focus and concentrate, improved creativity, and improved overall mental wellness. Regular chiropractic care helps ensure the health and well-being of all of us, parents and students alike.

1 Hager ER, et al: Implementation of Local Wellness Policies in Schools: Role of School Systems, School Health Councils, and Health Disparities. J Sch Health 86(10):742-750, 2016

2 Profili E, et al: School wellness team best practices to promote wellness policy implementation. Prev Med 101:34-37, 2017

3 Wolfenden L, et al: Strategies for enhancing the implementation of school-based policies or practices targeting risk factors for chronic disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2017 Nov 29;11:CD011677. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011677.pub2. Review. PMID: 29185627

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When Your Spine Is In Line https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/when-your-spine-is-in-line/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/when-your-spine-is-in-line/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:05:33 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=205 Good spinal alignment means good biomechanical health. Essentially, your spine is the biomechanical center of your body. Your legs are connected to your spine via two large and strong pelvic bones. Your arms are connected to your spine via your shoulder blades, ribs, and numerous strong muscles and ligaments. Spinal alignment supports the functioning of […]

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Good spinal alignment means good biomechanical health. Essentially, your spine is the biomechanical center of your body. Your legs are connected to your spine via two large and strong pelvic bones. Your arms are connected to your spine via your shoulder blades, ribs, and numerous strong muscles and ligaments. Spinal alignment supports the functioning of all these associated components. When your spine is in line, then all of your body’s mechanical abilities, such as bending forward and backward, twisting and turning, and walking and running are able to be performed at maximal levels.

In addition to the importance of spinal alignment for physical performance, spinal alignment is also a key factor in the functioning of all of your body’s physiologic systems. In other words, spinal alignment is a critical element in obtaining and maintaining good health.1 Specifically, your spine houses and protects your spinal cord and 31 pairs of spinal nerves, the lengthy cord-like extension of your brain and the primary branches extending from that main trunk.

When your spine is out of alignment or misaligned, the small ligaments that hold the vertebras together and the small muscles that move those bones become irritated and inflamed. Left undetected, this soft tissue inflammation can affect the local spinal nerves, leading to nerve irritation. The resulting nerve interference disrupts the flow of information between your brain and the regions of your body supplied by the irritated spinal nerves, potentially resulting in loss of function or abnormal function of affected cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Nerve interference may cause muscle tightness and pain, as well as signs and symptoms of conditions affecting your gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine, and cardiorespiratory systems. Overall, spinal misalignment and nerve interference may be involved in causing a wide variety of conditions and disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system and other systems of your body.2,3

Regular chiropractic care plays a primary role in helping you and your family maintain high levels of health and well-being. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments and sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps optimize spinal functioning. As well, by directly addressing nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps information flow more freely between your brain and the rest of your body. As a result, all of your physiological systems receive and transmit more timely and accurate information regarding metabolic status, need for nutrients, and other requirements. In this way, regular chiropractic care helps us achieve more complete physiological performance and attain higher standards of overall health and wellness.

1Wieland LS, et al: Yoga treatment for chronic non-specific low back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2017 doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010671.pub2
2Coulter ID, et al: Manipulation and mobilization for treating chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine J: 2018 doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2018.01.013. [Epub ahead of print]
3Yeganeh M, et al: The effectiveness of acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic interventions on treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain in Iran: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Clin Pract 18, 2017

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A Book and Its Cover https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/a-book-and-its-cover/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/a-book-and-its-cover/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:03:56 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=202 A book cover may not necessarily tell the whole story and may not accurately portray the nature of the contents within. Publishing companies pay high salaries to their marketing staff to create cover copy that will entice prospective buyers to make a purchase. But many times the book itself does not live up to the […]

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A book cover may not necessarily tell the whole story and may not accurately portray the nature of the contents within. Publishing companies pay high salaries to their marketing staff to create cover copy that will entice prospective buyers to make a purchase. But many times the book itself does not live up to the hype. Similarly, fitness clubs and weight loss programs promote their services by pitching the ideal of slim, well-toned members; happy, young people whom you would be unlikely to ever encounter during your actual real life.

Commercial pitches typically focus on the superficial characteristics of whatever is being promoted. The well-worn guidance in advertising states, “It’s not the steak. It’s the sizzle.” But in terms of health and wellness, what’s happening on the inside is what counts. It may be personally gratifying to look good, but being buff does not by itself guarantee good health.

Many cautionary tales demonstrate the accuracy of this assessment, including the untimely demise in his early 50s of a renowned long-distance runner and best-selling author of a book that celebrated the running ethos. Ensuring long-lasting health and well-being is an ongoing process and requires commitment and dedication. The general components are: healthy nutrition, regular vigorous exercise, sufficient restful sleep and a positive mental attitude

It is likely that at various times, most of us will fail to fulfill one or more of these requirements. The key is to acknowledge that sometimes other life concerns take precedence and return to our healthy lifestyles as quickly as possible.

By incorporating healthy lifestyles in our daily activities, we train our bodies to work efficiently and effectively. The long-term result is optimal levels of health and wellness. When we eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and obtain necessary rest, all of our physiological systems obtain the resources they need to function well and work in harmony with every other system.

An additional support to achieving ongoing health and wellness is getting regular chiropractic care. Regular chiropractic care helps to ensure that your nerve system, your body’s master system, is on the job and coordinating all of your body’s internal functions that help to keep you well. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments that are sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps you and the members of your family be healthy and achieve wellness and your other life goals.

1Griffiths K, et al: Food Antioxidants and Their Anti-Inflammatory Properties: A Potential Role in Cardiovascular Diseases and Cancer Prevention. Diseases 2016 Aug 1;4(3). pii: E28. doi: 10.3390/diseases4030028

2Saragiotto BT, et al: Motor control exercise for chronic non-specific low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016 Jan 8;(1) doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012004

3Nowakowski S, et al: Sleep characteristics and inflammatory biomarkers among midlife women. Sleep 2018 Mar 30 doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsy049. [Epub ahead of print]

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Smart Shoulders https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/smart-shoulders/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/smart-shoulders/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:03:02 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=199 Our shoulder joints have the greatest range of motion of any of the musculoskeletal joints in our bodies. The shoulder joint is really two joints, the glenohumeral joint between the arm bone (humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula) and the acromioclavicular joint between the acromion (a bony projection off the scapula) and the collarbone (clavicle). […]

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Our shoulder joints have the greatest range of motion of any of the musculoskeletal joints in our bodies. The shoulder joint is really two joints, the glenohumeral joint between the arm bone (humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula) and the acromioclavicular joint between the acromion (a bony projection off the scapula) and the collarbone (clavicle). The glenohumeral joint is a ball-and-socket joint and the acromioclavicular joint is a gliding joint.

Acting together, these joints enable the shoulder to achieve a full 360º of motion in both the frontal (side to side) and sagittal (front and back) three-dimensional planes. The important caveat is that this extensive freedom of motion comes with a price: the shoulder not only has the most mobility, but is also the most unstable joint in the body.

The glenohumeral joint may be easily dislocated, most typically by a fall on an outstretched arm. The ligaments of the acromioclavicular joint are easily sprained and the joint itself is easily dislocated. Acromioclavicular joint injuries may be described as “AC separations”. Overall, injuries to the shoulder joint are common, most frequently experienced by people participating in exercise activities and sports and by older people as a result of a fall.

The shoulder joint has built-in protection in the form of the four muscles comprising the rotator cuff, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis.1 The rotator cuff muscles participate in all shoulder joint and upper arm motions and provide stabilization to the shoulder as the joint moves through three-dimensional space. But the rotator cuff muscle group is itself subject to injury (muscle tears) and degeneration as a person ages of the tendons that attach the muscles to the shoulder and arm bones.

Thus, the shoulder joint needs additional protections to maintain its structural integrity and mechanical performance.

In days gone by, people did demanding physical work every day, automatically providing training and resilience to the anatomical components of the shoulder. But in the 21st century, with the decline of the farming and manufacturing sectors and the rise of the service economy, most people no longer engage in actual physical work. As a result, most of us require regular vigorous exercise to maintain physical fitness and good health. With specific respect to the shoulder, upper body strength training exercises will help provide the necessary activity and mobility to ensure ongoing functionality of our shoulder joints. 2,3

As well, obtaining regular chiropractic care helps ensure that our spines are working properly, providing effective mechanical support to our shoulder joints, and that our nerve systems are working at high levels to coordinate all the physiological activities necessary to our long-term health and well-being.

  1. Sangwan S, et al: Stabilizing characteristics of rotator cuff muscles: a systematic review. Disabil Rehabil 37(12):1033-1043, 2015
  2. Heron SR, et al: Comparison of three types of exercise in the treatment of rotator cuff tendinopathy/shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Physiotherapy 103(2):167-173, 2017
  3. Abdulla SY, et al: Is exercise effective for the management of subacromial impingement syndrome and other soft tissue injuries of the shoulder? A systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. Man Ther 20(5):646-656, 2015

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Summer Sports https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/summer-sports/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/summer-sports/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:01:01 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=196 Summer Sports In the summertime, everyone’s thoughts turn to the outdoors. We want to get out in the sun and have some fun. Some people do exercise outdoors, such as running, walking, and biking, all year long regardless of the weather.1 For others, summer’s warmer temperatures make activity outside the house or the gym more inviting, […]

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Summer Sports

In the summertime, everyone’s thoughts turn to the outdoors. We want to get out in the sun and have some fun. Some people do exercise outdoors, such as running, walking, and biking, all year long regardless of the weather.1 For others, summer’s warmer temperatures make activity outside the house or the gym more inviting, and tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds become filled with younger and older athletes, all looking to bounce, hit, or kick a ball around with their friends and opponents. Other summer activities include surfing and rollerblading, and although these activities may also be done year round, many people prefer to get their boarding and blading in when temperatures are subjectively more conducive.

Summer sports provide substantial personal satisfaction as well as health and wellness benefits. Any exercise, after all, is good exercise. But exercise needs to be done in context. For example, if you haven’t done any type of exercise since last summer, attempting to play three sets of tennis your first time on the court will likely lead to trouble, specifically, a strained muscle, sprained ligament, or worse. Similarly, trying to run up and down a basketball court or trying to leap to snag a sharp line drive during a baseball game may cause an immediate problem if you are out of condition.

The best course of action is to re-engage in summer sports slowly, a little at a time.2 Even better, of course, is to participate in a consistent program of regular vigorous exercise throughout the year. Federal and healthcare professional guidelines recommend doing at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise five days a week. Engaging in an ideal program of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and core exercise on a weekly basis provides a level of fitness that supports all types of summer sports.

Here’s why:

Strength training enables your body to bear heavy loads throughout full ranges of motion of various joint structures such as the ankle, knee, hip, and lower back.

Cardiovascular exercise increases the amount of blood your heart pumps on each beat and trains your lungs to take in more air on each breath.

Core exercises enhance your body’s ability to support loads under suddenly changing three-dimensional forces such as twisting, pivoting, bending, and lifting.3

Regular chiropractic care supports all of your exercise and sporting activities, in addition to strengthening your immune system and optimizing the functioning of your nerve system, your body’s master system. By detecting, analyzing, and correcting spinal misalignments and other sources of nerve irritation, regular chiropractic care helps ensure that you and your family will enjoy a summer filled with enjoyable activities. As well, regular chiropractic care helps ensure long-term health and wellness for you and your family throughout the year.

1Bezerra P, et al: The influence of winter and summer seasons on physical fitness in aged population. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 76:80-84, 2018

2Evans EW, et al: Promoting health and activity in the summer trial: Implementation and outcomes of a pilot study. Prev Med Rep 10:87-92, 2018

3Coulombe BJ, et al: Core Stability Exercise Versus General Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain. J Athl Train 52(1):71-72, 2017

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Wellness Gardens https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/wellness-gardens/ https://backtobalancechiro.com/newsletter-library/wellness-gardens/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 06:59:10 +0000 http://lovethespinemidtown.masaion.com/?p=193 Wellness Gardens When time is spent in an office or indoors day in and day out, some can lose that connection to the outside world. And that loss of connection can lead to higher stress levels and more health ailments without even realizing it. But when that the gap between office life and outdoor life […]

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Wellness Gardens

When time is spent in an office or indoors day in and day out, some can lose that connection to the outside world. And that loss of connection can lead to higher stress levels and more health ailments without even realizing it. But when that the gap between office life and outdoor life is bridged, quality of life – and health – improves.

By adding in simple garden tasks or small DIY home improvement projects to your to-do list outside of work hours, you can go back to reclaiming that connection. It can also help ease stress, keep you active and limber (garden yoga anyone?), and even improve your mood. Who could use a little mood booster?

Stress Relief

When one puts down their smartphones and picks up a spade and some gardening gloves, you not only give your mind a rest, but your body a rest too. Think of how your body reacts and responds when you’re scrolling through updates on your phone or computer? How is your posture? Are you tensed up? By setting the phone down and doing something more soothing – like most gardening tasks – you can effortlessly reduce the tension in your body and work on posture and body awareness.

Exercise

While gardening doesn’t seem like exercise, digging, planting, weeding, and other garden activities take some level of physical exertion. And, over time, stretching and strength can be improved through simple gardening tasks. What’s best about most small DIY home improvement tasks, like gardening, is that you can change your exertion level depending on the needs of your body — it’s a hobby you won’t have to complete give up as your body ages.

Injury Protection and Proper Chiropractic Care

With any level of physical exertion, one should make sure that they are taking the necessary precautions to prevent injuries. The increase in physical exertion through gardening and small projects may not feel like a huge change all at once but being aware of how to avoid injury through resistance training and proper alignment can help in the long run.

Proper chiropractic care, such as regular spinal adjustments, developing muscle balance, ensuring pelvic alignment, etc can help prepare one’s body for any level of physical exertion. That way the stress relieving properties of gardening and home improvement won’t be lost to injury. By educating yourself on the preventative measures one can take through chiropractic care, you can enjoy all of the health benefits of the outdoors!

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