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Choose Conservative Care First

The ACA (American Chiropractic Association) has declared October National Chiropractic Health Month! This year, the theme is “Conservative Care First.” For many of our patients and others out there suffering from back and neck pain (or other pain), the heath care treatment options involving chiropractic adjustments, exercise and stretching are safe and effective methods for helping with symptoms and reducing pain.

 

What exactly is “Conservative Care”?
For Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) conservative chiropractic care refers to non-invasive methods developed to promote healing throughout the entire body such as manual manipulation. Many treatments causing back and neck pain can be improved with safe, less costly treatments such as adjustments, exercise and stretching.

What are reasons to consider conservative care first?

Many patients suffering from chronic pain or pain from an accident or injury turn to prescription painkillers. These are not a solution as they mask the pain and don’t allow the body to recover. Avoiding use of painkillers to begin with will prevent misuse or addiction.

Also, it is important to try less invasive methods of treatment to fully understand the diagnosis and options for the future. Once you have tried options for pain management that are cost-effective and safe you can continue to explore the possibility that a more invasive option may be required (such as back surgery). It is a great idea to explore all other options before undergoing a risky and costly surgery that may not be needed.

What can a Chiropractor help with?
Chiropractors utilize a drug-free approach to treating a variety of chronic pain conditions and pain caused by accidents, injury or falls. They also can help make adjustments to a misaligned spine or pain caused by every day activities, sleep positions, office chair setups and aging.

You are your own advocate and your choices for health care are your own. Using a conservative care approach to pain management and for health purposes is an effective approach to health care. Find relief for your pain and injuries by trying chiropractic and other non-invasive treatment options before using invasive options such as prescription medicines and surgery.

6 Ways to Stay Healthy for Desk Job Workers

A sedentary lifestyle is proven to be harmful to our health and bodies and for those of you stuck behind a computer or sitting down at a desk job all day it can be hazardous in many ways. One of the problems is the amount of time spent sitting without breaks or movement. So how can you improve your health while still maintaining this job position? Here are 6 things you can add to your daily routine!

1. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. 

Breakfast is essential to getting you moving and kicking off your day in healthy way. Your concentration and focus will be much higher if your stomach is full. Eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning also will jump start your metabolism. If you don’t eat a morning meal you may overeat or eat unhealthy throughout the day.

2. Water is essential

Staying hydrated is so key in feeling your best. Keep a tumbler cup with a straw or a water bottle at your desk and sip it throughout the day. Getting up to refill your glass is a great opportunity for a stretch as well. 

3. Stretch often.

Don’t be afraid to get up and move! You can even do a mini-workout at your desk. Stretch your arms, neck, and fingers to avoid stiffness and your limbs falling asleep from lack of movement! Get up and walk around your office, stop by co-workers desks to say hello or step outside for a little fresh air. Moving around will not only refresh you but it will taking micro-breaks multiple times throughout the day are proven to benefit your health. 

4. Fix your desk setup. 

Poor posture at your office desk can lead to neck and back pain, eye strain, spine misalignment and so much more! The proper setup will have your chair at a height in which your feet can remain flat on the ground and your computer at eye level. You should not have to bend or strain to read your monitor. 

5. Walk when possible

If you have the opportunity to walk during the day- take it! If you are heading to lunch nearby walk to the cafe instead of driving. If you have stairs in your office choose to walk instead of riding the elevator. If you park nearby, park a few blocks further away and walk the rest of the way to your office. If your home is close to work choose to walk or bike instead of driving or taking public transportation. If you take the bus, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way home. These are all great ways to add a little more physical activity into your day when you may not be walking and moving around as often as you would like.

6. Pack your own lunch

Although it may be tempting to join coworkers for a meal out, bringing your own meal from home will be much more nutritious and healthier. (And money-saving!). Pack your own healthy snacks for munching on throughout the day as well to keep up your energy. A few favorite snacks include fruit, nuts, carrot sticks, and hummus and veggies.

Although you have a desk job where you are sitting for most of the day there are many ways to remain active and follow a healthy way of living. These are just a few tips but if you exercise, eat well and get enough sleep these factors can all help you maintain a healthy body and mind.

Do you have a desk job? Share with us: what are your favorite ways to stay active throughout the work day?