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.

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.

October is National Chiropractic Health Month

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month, we celebrate Chiropractic care as the first line level of defense against musculoskeletal pain. For many different types of pain or injury, chiropractic can help eliminate the need for OTC or prescription painkillers.

Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for more than 12 weeks. Acute pain is connected to a recent injury, but chronic pain can last for months. This chronic pain can lead to psychological, social, and physical problems. The majority of these pain conditions is musculoskeletal. (54%)

Opioid overuse and abuse has become an epidemic in the US. As many of one in four patients that have taken prescription painkillers continue to struggle with addiction. This has many risks.

The value of non-drug pain relief approaches such as Chiropractic care is quickly becoming known as an effective approach to helping with pain relief from low back pain, back pain, neck pain and many of chronic or injury related pain.

World Spine Day occurs October 16th, and this year the Chiropractic world is encouraging people to “Straighten Up and Move.” It is important to have a good posture and to make time to move often every day.

Chiropractic care can be a part of the solution for reducing opioid pain. Other alternatives for pain control we recommend include therapeutic massage, mind and body methods, physical therapy and acupuncture. With Chiropractic treatment, patients will receive spinal adjustments, alternative drugless therapies and help the body relieve pain and help restore wellness.

Source: ACA American Chiropractic Association

Text Neck and Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is blowing up on smartphones everywhere. People are heading out and spending all of their free time “catching ’em all.” This game has been seen to have health benefits, as players are walking and moving around to capture the pokémon. However, it can have damaging risks on your neck and back. The time you spend staring down at your phone can lead to a condition called “text neck.”

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What is text neck?

Text neck is caused when your neck is bent down and forward while looking at a smartphone or other electronic device. If you stay in the position for a long period of time it can cause pain, strain and stiffness.

Young people are at the greatest risk. If you are often in this position, it can cause problems with your spine. For young people who have spines that are still developing this can impact their future health.

How can you avoid text neck?

To play Pokémon Go pain free:

  • Take frequent breaks. Take time to put your phone down and stretch your neck and shoulders.
  • Hold your phone higher. If you can avoid looking down, you will put less pressure on your neck.
  • Pay attention. If you are too focused on the game, you can face danger in your surroundings. Be careful that you don’t trip and fall or walk into something. Avoid going into areas that are dangerous or private property.
  • Stretch it out. If you are suffering from neck pain try these stretches.

    If you are suffering from neck and back pain, scheduling a visit with the Chiropractor or massage therapist can help reduce pain.

    Have fun!