Boost Winter Immunity with Chiropractic Care

Having a strong immune system is important for keeping you healthy. As we head into cold and flu season, it is especially important that your immune system is functioning at its peak.

Your immune system fights off viruses, toxins, colds, allergies and cancers. Your body’s response to small things can reflect a properly functioning immune system. The nervous system and immune system work together in order for healing and adaptation to occur. If you have any spinal misalignments, your immune system can be compromised. Having regular chiropractic adjustments can help boost the immune system.

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What can cause problems with your immune system?

There are a few things that can cause dysfunction including autoimmune disorders, cancer, immunodeficiency disorder, allergies, stress.

Our nervous system communicates to our immune system. The central nervous system provides information so the brain can react. If you have misalignments of the spine (subluxations), this can cause poor communication between the immune system and brain.

How can Chiropractic care help?

Chiropractic adjustments will restore the misalignments in your spine. This will restore the communication between your brain and immune system. With a central nervous system that is functioning at its best, your immune system becomes equipped to defend your body from diseases, illness and infections.

Our patients at Pearson Chiropractic know that chiropractic care is beneficial for fighting off winter flu and illness. Making your health a priority through adjustments can help keep you healthy all season.

If you are struggling to stay healthy, visit us to see if you may have a misalignment causing interference to your immune system.

Fall into Health

We are sad to see summer go, but fall is just around the corner. Summer is a common time for healthy lifestyles to get put on hold. From busy schedules to picnics and BBQs there is little time to workout and eating unhealthy is common. A new season is a new chance for a healthy you. Here are some tips for a healthy fall!

1. Go Organic! Organic foods will help you to avoid chemical pesticides that are in fruits and vegetables and other foods. If you can’t afford to buy all organic, go by the “dirty dozen and clean fifteen. “ Those you should buy organic includes strawberries, apples, bell peppers, spinach, and potatoes. Non-organic includes avocados, corn, peas, and onions.

2. Get Moving! Summer it is easy to head outside and be active- hiking, walking and biking are common in the sunny weather. As fall gets colder (and wetter!) it can be a challenge to stay active. Fall weather can still be nice, take advantage of the sunny days and still warm weather with a nice hike or trip to the park. Join a gym or a workout class, do a workout tape or walk an inside track to keep working out a part of your life even in the rainy season.

3. Try Something New! Fall is a wonderful time for a new hobby. Take up something you have always wanted to learn- sewing, boxing, cooking, soccer… the options are endless.

4. Watch TV Actively! The fall TV premieres can make many of us couch potatoes! Make watching your shows active by doing push ups or sit ups or lifting weights.

5. Get Adjusted! Summer activities can leave your spine misaligned. If you haven’t been to a Chiropractor in awhile, visit us. We can help with many health problems and help reduce any back, neck, or headache pain.

These tips can help keep you active and healthier as we enter the fall season. Wishing you and your family a great back to school season.

Summer Road Trips and Your Back

For those who suffer from chronic back pain or a recent injury, riding in the car for a long period of time can aggravate your symptoms. Summer is road trip season, and many Americans take trips in the car. Here are some tips for dealing with your back pain and ensuring you have an enjoyable pain-free road trip.
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  1. Bring along a pillow such as a coccyx pillow to provide some cushioning.
  2. Make sure nothing is in your back pocket, this can put you out of alignment.
  3. Sit up straight and make sure your back is against the seat.
  4. Take breaks often to get up and get moving.
  5. Slightly stretch in your seat, any movement can help you out.
  6. Bring along a cold pack to reduce inflammation. You can bring ice in a cooler or use one of the instant ice packs.
  7. Heat is also helpful for many experiencing muscle soreness. A ThermaCare wrap or instant heat pack is great to bring along.
  8. Keep feet firmly on the floor, obviously if you are the driver this is difficult. If cruise control is an option you may consider it.

    Follow these tips to help reduce pain on a long road trip. For more tips visit spine-health.

Avoiding Back Pain in the Garden

Calling all green thumbs! Gardening season is upon us. We have heard so many avid gardeners complaining about neck and back pain and muscle soreness after a long gardening session and we are here to help. We’ve talked with the experts to come up with these tips and advice to help you avoid back and join pain this gardening season.

Safe Gardening Tips

  1. Hydrate– We advise that you drink before starting just like any exercise keep a large container of water nearby during the entire time you are outside. Proper hydration helps keep muscles ready for action while dehydration can cause a plethora of dangers like fatigue, dizziness, and even cardiac issues.
  2. Stretch– Gardening can be a a rigorous activity for your body. Proper stretching can help your muscles warm up and help your body recognize any particularly tight areas of concern before starting. It is also important to get up and stretch during your gardening, we recommend every 15-20 minutes at minimum.
  3. Get Adjusted!

  4. Get Adjusted– Of course our number one tip in order to continue on the path of healthy and happy back is to continue to get regular adjustments from your chiropractic team at Pearson Chiropractic Center. No one knows your back like your team of doctors here we can help to recognize problems before they turn into larger issues and also keep your spine adjusted and your muscles relaxed.

We hope these simple tips can keep your back happy and healthy to make the most of your favorite Spring past-time pain free! Call us today to set up your next adjustment. Happy Gardening!

Source: Safe Gardening Tips for Your Body

Healthy Adjustments for the New Year

Happy 2017! Another year has passed us by and we are looking forward to the potential of things yet to come. Making “adjustments” for the new year is important for keeping your health on track. Although Chiropractic adjustments are one thing we suggest adding to your self care and wellness routine, there are many other things you can do to change your health. Here are a few simple health tips that can easily be done to get yourself off on the right track no matter what your resolutions are.

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1. Start off your day with a healthy breakfast. Many of us skip breakfast or only enjoy a cup of coffee. This is a poor habit because your metabolism doesn’t get kick started first thing in the morning. It also can lead to overeating later in the day because you find yourself starving.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Oatmeal with almond butter, chia seeds and fruit
  • Eggs with veggies, salsa and avocado
  • Plain Greek yogurt with whole-grain granola and berries.

2. Eat mindfully. It can become a habit to eat while doing other activities- watching TV, working at your desk, etc. If you pay attention to what you are eating, you will pay more attention to what you are eating and stop when you are actually full. This will lead to healthier choices overall. Chewing slowly can also help you avoid overeating.

3. Cut back on sugar. Sugar is quite literally an addiction and one that can be hard to get rid of. According to the USDA, the average American eats 128 POUNDS of added sugar each year. This added sugar affects our bodies and our health in a big way. Sugar isn’t only in the typical “sugary” foods like desserts, donuts, chocolate, etc. It can be found in everything from canned spaghetti sauce to salad dressings. Here are a few steps to take to remove sugar from your diet.

  • Eliminate sugary drinks- soda pops, fruit juice, coffee/tea with added sugar.
  • Aim for no more than 24 grams of added sugar in 24 hours.
  • Read food labels. Many foods we buy can have shocking amounts of sugar. Check out the ingredient labels and lookout for other names such as glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dried cane syrup etc.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • These sweeteners can have many effects on the body including weight gain.

4. Get active. There is no one size fits all when it comes to workouts. Find something that works for you and that you get results from. Here are a few ideas:

  • Lift weights
  • Walk or run
  • Take an exercise class at the gym or YMCA
  • Swim
  • Play recreational sports
  • Do a workout tape at home

5. Get sleep. Making sure you have enough shut eye is important for daily functions! If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, a routine can help you get into the habit of getting quality rest. Without proper rest you won’t be able to meet your health and fitness goals.

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?