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MOVEMENT, EXERCISE and HEALTH

There is a certain level of movement ability that everyone has to have in order to be healthy, active, and pain free. Daily activities like getting in and out of bed, walking, going up steps, picking something up from the floor, brushing your hair, and getting up from a chair all require you to be able to move. To do recreational and sporting activities you need an even higher degree of movement, strength and endurance.

Just like a car needs to be driven and have routine maintenance to keep running, our bodies need to be moved and stressed in the right way to stay healthy and pain free. If joints are not moved, muscles aren’t stressed, and bones are not loaded, we get stiff, weak, and lose our ability to move without pain and tolerate the demands of life. Stiffness, weakness, and an inability to tolerate loading contributes to things like joint and muscle pain, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

So the first question is how do we maintain our ability to move without pain as well as our ability to perform daily and recreational activities?

The answer is we use a regular exercise routine that is personalized. This allows us to consistently practice movements needed for everyday life and fix individual movement dysfunctions.

Unfortunately, just being active in your day to day life, or getting the right number of steps per day, or doing activities like yoga is not the answer. While these are good things and can be help some aspects of health, they most likely won’t be comprehensive enough or individualized to what you truly need. The right kind of exercise needs to help with maintaining strength, cardiovascular health, and our bodies ability to tolerate stress. It also needs to focus on preventing muscle tightness, keeping muscle tissue healthy, and preventing pain from occurring. And it needs to be changed and adapted from time to time based on what your body needs.

The second question is if you have pain or an injury that prevents you from moving and exercising what do you do?

In the majority of cases, a person’s pain or injury is a direct result of poor movement, strength, and their ability to tolerate loading. So to fix the cause of this pain we need to restore proper and pain free movement, then build functional strength.

Most often someone that specializes in movement and treating pain will evaluate your movement and perform a combination of manual and movement based therapies to first relieve your pain and restore proper movement. When pain is gone or at least controlled and movement is at an acceptable level, treatment focuses on building strength and progressively loading your body to maximize function. Then once again an individualized and comprehensive exercise program is used to help you stay healthy, active, and pain free.

We are programmed to go to the doctor once a year for an annual physical and go to the dentist 2 times a year for cleanings. Even though we go to the dentist 2 times a year we know it’s important to brush our teeth and floss on our own.

Your doctor probably does annual blood work to monitor things like cholesterol and tells you to exercise and eat better to maintain a healthy weight. But they don’t evaluate your movement or give you the tools needed to exercise effectively.

We know it’s important to maintain our ability to move but often we either don’t know how, assume it will happen on its own, or are given the wrong information.

If you have pain, want to lose weight, build strength, improve flexibility, or want to stay healthy and active schedule a FREE discovery session with one of our movement experts.

To schedule call us at 614-392-2792

Let us know if you have any questions!,

How Chiropractic Helps Those Who Suffer from Meniere’s Disease

How Chiropractic Helps Those Who Suffer from Meniere’s Disease

Chiropractic has been proven to help many health conditions, including those that seem completely unrelated to the spine. Meniere’s Disease is one of those conditions. A disorder of the inner ear, Meniere’s Disease affects somewhere between 3 and 5 million people in the United States alone. The good news is, the majority of patients, as much as 95 percent, are able to control their Meniere’s with medical treatments. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in relieving patients of their symptoms of Meniere’s

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4 Tips Chiropractic Patients Can Use While Working At A Desk

There are dangers in everyday life, from slipping in the shower to getting mowed down by the next door neighbor’s teenage driver. The risk doesn’t end once we are safely behind our desks, because… sitting is killing us!

Seriously, while not really trying to commit murder, our computer, desk, office chair and keyboard are not our friends. We spend hours each day sitting, typing, staring at the computer screen, and this inactivity is wreaking havoc on our health in a variety of ways. article-016-ergonomics

First, most of us sit incorrectly

Goldilocks knew what she was doing when it came to carefully selecting the right chair. Most of us cause excess stress and pressure on our neck, shoulders, and back from the way we sit in our inadequate office chairs.

According to OSHA, a person who spends time at their computer needs to choose an adjustable chair that supports the back, buttocks, legs and arms. Be mindful of your posture throughout the day as well. An ergonomically adjusted chair minimizes the occurrences of awkward, strained positions that frequently cause injury.

Along with the way we sit, our office jobs are killing us because…

We have our desks laid out wrong

Even with a great chair, a desk that is the wrong height can cause a person to repetitively move and bend awkwardly during the day and injure themselves. Anyone who sits behind a desk needs to make certain it is the right height to comfortably reach the computer keyboard and all pertinent supplies are within a comfortable reach. Add a foot rest to decrease the stress on the lower back. Ergonomically positioning a desk offers greater comfort and less stress on a person’s body.

We also type wrong

Using the keyboard incorrectly can cause a ton of painful medical conditions from neck and back issues to carpal tunnel syndrome. The keyboard should sit at elbow height. Reduce the strain on your hands by keeping them in as natural a position as possible, holding your wrists up even with the backs of your hands. Avoid banging the keys by typing softly, which alleviates the stress on your fingers.

A computer mouse should be situated close to the keyboard, and it’s essential to keep the hand in a neutral position when using it. Avoid resting your hand on the mouse for an extended period of time.

Not taking breaks

According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time is linked to a variety of serious medical conditions from obesity to high blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Sitting in the same position for hours can put pressure on and result in back and neck pain.

Break up sitting every 30 minutes by standing and walking around and stretching if possible. Even standing for a couple of minutes at a time lessens the impact of a sedentary job.

In addition to taking the initiative to build an ergonomic office space, choosing to participate in chiropractic care is a great way to help eliminate pain from back, shoulder, and neck strain. Chiropractic treatment involves adjusting the spine, along with other techniques, offering better alignment in particular and a stronger, healthier body in general. A long-term benefit of chiropractic care is a body that enjoys greater mobility and fewer aches and pains.

An ergonomic office setup is critical in maintaining good posture that minimizes strain and repetitive motion injuries. By investing in ergonomically tailored furniture and setting it up to suit your specific needs, you will lessen the harm an office job does to your body.

If you or a co-worker suffer from symptoms related to an improperly positioned workstation, give us a call. Our Doctor of Chiropractic can help get the symptoms under control as well as guide you toward a more healthier spine and working environment.

What Chiropractic Patients Need to Know About Sitting While Working

It’s no big secret that exercise is good for you. Many articles and books have been written and studies completed on the subject of physical fitness. However, lately it’s been discussed as to whether that five mile run or spin class is really enough. Is our work environment undoing any positive effort we put into staying healthy? article-013-sitting-at-work

The short answer is YES. Human bodies were not built to sit for long periods of time. Our twenty-first century workplace — working behind a desk, typing on the computer, endless video conferences — unfortunately stacks against us to keep us on our… well, not our feet.

There are four harmful results on a person’s body that stem from sitting at work.

Sitting for many hours each day takes a toll on our backs.

Working at a desk for many hours a day causes employees to stay in one position for an extended length of time. This puts a great deal of pressure on their backs. Over time, painful back problems can develop and, if left untreated, continue to worsen.

Sitting also takes a toll on our waistline.

Obesity is at an all time high in the United States, and at least a good chunk of the reason is our sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for a long period (8 or more hours a day) decreases our metabolism, causing us to burn fewer calories. The time at our desks can end up packing on the pounds.

Sitting can increase the chance of developing a life-threatening disease.

Studies show individuals with sedentary jobs have more health problems than their active counterparts. Cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes are both examples of health issues that arise more often in people who regularly sit down most of the day.

Sitting can cause premature death.

This may sound melodramatic, but it’s true. As we talked about above, sitting for prolonged periods of time puts you at greater risk of diseases that may end up killing you. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, “found people who sat for over 11 hours a day had a 40% greater risk of dying within three years from any cause than people who sat less than 4 hours a day.”

So, what should a sedentary office person do to improve their health and decrease the risk many hours of daily sitting causes?

  • Get on your feet! Schedule times during the day to stand up and walk around. If you can’t remember to do it, add an alarm on your cell phone. Even a couple minutes on your feet every hour will help balance prolonged sitting.
  • Learn to sit correctly. If you must sit, make certain your chair isn’t causing more damage. Select a chair that is height and angle adjustable. The seat should support your lower body, and the back should fit the curves of your spine. Special bonus points go to chairs with lumbar support and that rock.
  • Visit your chiropractor. Back problems brought on by a job behind a desk are not going to magically go away, and can get worse over time. Make a chiropractor appointment, get examined, and work to correct the issue.
  • Invest in a standing desk. A growing trend is to turn a sitting job into a standing job. Desks that are taller have the ability to keep you on your feet longer, which will provide many health benefits in the long run.

Good health is one of our greatest assets, and it pays to protect it. By understanding the risks of a sedentary working environment, we can be proactive in increasing activity and promoting our individual fitness.

If you or a loved one needs more insight on how chiropractic can guide you toward a healthier lifestyle, give us a call. We’re here to help!

Ibuprofen Linked to Male Reproductive Disorders

With all the attention about the opioid and chronic pain crisis on prescription medication, one area that is often overlooked is the potential health effects of common over the counter medications (OTC’s).  You would be shocked at not only at the number of patients that consult our office taking OTC’s to help with their pain, but the amount they are taking each day.

If you know anything about our office you know that we are probably the most “medically-integrated” chiropractic offices in Columbus.  Over half of the people that walk through are door were referred by another physician.  We are not the office that sits here and bashes medication, in fact we commonly refer our patients back to their physicians for co-management if we feel this will accelerate the process.  What we do make a point of in regards to medication is that our patients are informed of the potential health risks and the safe alternatives available.

It is common knowledge that excessive OTC use can result in health complications like GI disorders, GI bleeds, liver disorders etc. A recent study looked at a common OTC, Ibuprofen and its effect on male sexual health.  The results are some what shocking…

“The study shows that ibuprofen use results in selective transcriptional repression of endocrine cells in the human testis. This repression results in the elevation of the stimulatory pituitary hormones, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism, a disorder associated with adverse reproductive and physical health disorders.”

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Interested in safe and effective alternatives to pain management? Make sure to ask us on your next visit!

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