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Symptoms and Treatment of Whiplash

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

back-pain-whiplashWhiplash Injuries: Symptoms and Treatment

The unfortunate reality of our mobile society is that there are fewer licensed drivers that have never been in an automobile accident. The more years of driving experience a person has, the more likely it is they have been involved in some sort of car accident. The U.S. Census Bureau last estimated that $10.2 million motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2008 alone. These accidents, ranging from minor fender benders to full-on collisions, are leading contributors to whiplash and concussions treated by chiropractors and physicians throughout the US. There is a rising number of bicyclists on the roadways, and whiplash caused by car accidents can be attributed to car-to-bicycle collisions.

Whiplash, car accident related or not, happens when the sudden change in the body’s velocity stretches the muscles and ligaments in the neck beyond normal range. It can occur to both motorists and cyclists involved in collisions. Anybody suffering from symptoms of whiplash should seek whiplash treatment from a chiropractor to help ease pain and stiffness and decrease risk of long-term damage.

To understand the importance of whiplash treatment, read on for information on its causes, symptoms and diagnosis.

car-accident-injuriesWhiplash: The Causes

There are many different causes of whiplash. Car accident injuries are the most common, but sports injuries, bicycle crashes and other accidents can also result in similar neck pain and stiffness.

In an accident where a car is side-swiped, for example, the impact causes the body to fly to the side quickly, with the head following the body’s movements. Sudden stopping of the car flings the head to the other side, often resulting in the head hitting a window. This can leave the spine and soft tissues in the neck unstable, requiring a series of chiropractic appointments for whiplash treatment, or maybe even medical treatment for concussion.

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Health Benefits of an Alkaline Diet

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

healthy-vegetablesAlkaline Diet – A Great Cure for Healing and Rejuvenating Your Body

Our body is balanced when the pH content is at the desirable level. Those of you who are not familiar with the pH content, all you need to know is that it stands for – the power of Hydrogen.

Our body needs a desired amount of hydrogen content to prevent inflammation inside us.

pH levels range between 1 to 14 where 7 is said to be the perfect level. When the pH content of your body is less than 7, it means that you are acidic. A pH level more than 7 signifies alkalinity. Doctors suggest a pH level that is slightly above 7 for the optimum functioning of our bodies.

How to find out the pH level in your body?
You can do the simple litmus paper test as soon as you wake up in the morning. You can do the test on your urine or your saliva to determine your pH level. If the pH level is below seven, you are acidic, and if the number is above seven you are more inclined towards alkalinity.

top-headache-remedyWhat are the symptoms of low Alkalinity?
Some of the symptoms of low alkalinity in the body include
• Insomnia
• Frequent fatigues and headaches
• Water retention
• Low blood pressure
• Depression
• Unhealthy hair, skin and nails
• Gastritis and dry skin

Why you need an alkaline diet?
The massive levels of stress that we experience every day and our unhealthy lifestyle are the prime culprits that make our bodies for acidic. Alkaline diets ensure the vitality of our body, keeps the cells and tissues healthy and supply and prevent inflammation. An acidic body is prone to many ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, reproductive disorders, arthritis and even cancer. The Alkaline diet strengthens the skeletal system preventing illnesses such as osteoporosis.

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Five Tips to Happiness

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

salmon-healthy-protein5 Tips to Be Naturally Happier

It’s just about everyone’s life goal to be happy. But how do we achieve it? Life is a journey and finding happiness is generally the goal for most people. Don’t turn to drugs and alcohol though; here are 5 tips to be naturally happier.

Food

Food can be a tricky pattern to break. Those fast food chains are usually easier to turn to than cooking at home. But the cliché “you are what you eat” is definitely true. Instead of eating fatty, non-nutritious foods, you want to be eating fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables and lean meats. This kind of diet will leave you feeling lighter, more energized and believe it or not, happier.

Meal prepping (where you make all your meals for the week in one day) can make this kind of diet much easier to achieve. But everyone is different, for some cooking alone can be a fun hobby that will also increase your happiness factor.

animal-shelter_volunteerAchieving something

A sense of achievement is definitely a happiness factor in life. We want to be moving forward, getting things done and reaching goals.

For some this can come from their work life, but for others you will need to step out of the office to reach that sense of achievement.

So what can you do to get that good feeling of achievement?

animal-shelterHere are a few ideas:

  • Volunteer at a local kids group/soup kitchen/animal shelter
  • Help out a stranger if the opportunity arises
  • Make a goal like losing weight and seeing it through
  • Save money and then spoil yourself with something you have always wanted
  • Start a new project like a YouTube channel or website
  • Pay off debts like credit cards or personal loans.

Depending on where you are at in life even making the bed and having a shower can give you a sense of achievement, so don’t write off the little things in life, they all can add up to naturally boosting your happiness.

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Care for Common Sports Injuries

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

chronic-back-pain-causesCommon Sports Injuries and What Causes Them

Most sports persons will suffer some type of sports injury at some time or the other. This is because those who participate in competitive sports tend to push themselves to the limit, in the process straining their muscles. Luckily, most sports injuries are not very serious and can be treated easily.

Here are three of the most common sports injuries and what causes them:

Lower Back Strain

Lower back strain is one of the most common sports injuries and it can be caused by several different factors. It can occur due to sudden movements or sudden, excessive twists to the sides. Lower back strain can also occur when you life something that is very heavy or when doing the wrong movements with an unfamiliar sport.

Sports persons who have weak back muscles can be particularly prone to suffering from lower back strain.

injury-physical-therapyMuscle Pull

A muscle pull feels exactly as it sounds- as if the muscle is being pulled. This happens when the muscle fibers and tissues get stretched beyond their capability. This usually happens when the muscle is subjected to sudden excessive force.

Overuse, fatigue, strain or falling down are other factors that can cause muscle pull.

The most effective way to prevent a muscle pull is to spend enough time warming up and stretching every muscle before you start your sports activity.

Maintaining some sort of schedule also helps lessen the likelihood of a muscle pull.

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Dealing with Shortness of Breath

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

breathing-inhalerDealing With Sudden Episodes of Shortness of Breath

With COPD, there are many things that can cause difficult breathing, or shortness of breath. Different things trigger short breathing in different people, but sometimes it just seems to happen for no reason. What can you do if this happens?

First, do your best to stay calm. I know, it’s very challenging to stay calm when it seems like there is no air. Practice your Pursed-lip breathing, and try this mantra: slowly say to yourself, “I’m breathing in… I’m breathing out”.

If you have a quick relief inhaler, use it. If you wear oxygen, put it on. Do a quick scan of your surroundings: is there anything there that could have triggered this?

If you have accompanying chest pain, or your breathlessness is getting worse by the second, call Emergency Services right away. If you can stand, assume the position: hands on a chair back, or on a table or counter, leaning slightly forward. This expands the rib cage, allowing you to exhale excess carbon dioxide, and to take in a bigger breath of fresh air.

There are many factors that can cause shortness of breath. It’s important to know what can cause these frightening episodes. Often, it’s not so much a physical trigger, but a lack of best practices.

asthma-medicationsFor example:

(1) Did you take your medications and inhalers today? Often, people with a good maintenance routine feel good and forget to take their maintenance inhalers, or other important drugs.

(2) Were you doing too much at once? COPD tends to slow people down. Then, on a feel-good day, said person will try and catch up on all the things that didn’t get done in the past week. Remember to pace yourself with all of your daily activities.

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Why Vitamin D is Important for Type 2 Diabetes

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

vitamin-d-foodsType 2 Diabetes – Vitamin D Levels Are Linked to the Health of Blood Vessels

Heart and blood vessel disease is probably the most worrisome complication of Type 2 diabetes.

In May of 2017, the online journal PLOS ONE reported on a study showing vitamin D is essential for forming new cells to line the inside of the vessels transporting blood throughout the entire body.

Scientists at Tel Aviv University and several other research facilities in Israel recruited fifty-one people who had been previously diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The scientists removed from the participants, bone marrow cells destined to grow and develop into cells that would line the inside of blood vessels and produced them either with or without vitamin D. One week later the cells grown with vitamin D were healthier and better developed than those grown without the vitamin.

vitamin-d-supplementIn those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, pre-blood vessel cells are often unable to repair blood vessels and function adequately once in place. The inability to restore themselves can lead to coronary artery disease, a problem for many Type 2 diabetics.

Not surprisingly, recent studies have shown vitamin D to have a healing effect on the heart and blood vessels.

The investigators suggested more research is needed to indicate how vitamin D affects future blood vessel cells in their early stages.

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help After an Accident

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

car-accident-injuryHow Important Is Chiropractic Care If You Have Been in a Car Accident?

Once major traumatic injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, contusions, and internal injuries have been ruled out by the EMTs it is equally as important to look at possible problems which have occurred in your musculoskeletal system. (Soft tissue damage and misalignment issues).

Often times following an accident your body may be in shock. It is producing dopamine and other chemicals in the brain in order for you to be able to function and you may not feel the damage, pain or soreness yet.

Though pain following a car accident can be felt anywhere in the body, the most common are neck injuries due to the way we are anchored into our vehicles. Though we are strapped in by the body, our heads have to remain mobile. When a car or truck is hit, your neck is whipped in one direction then back the other way. Hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries can affect the soft tissues in the neck as well as intervertebral discs and joint capsules.

Whiplash can be the result.

whiplash_injuryWhiplash may present itself in the following ways:
Neck pain and Back Pain
Arm pain or numbness
Inflammation
Dizziness
Nausea
Feeling like you may pass out
Lack of clear thought
Anxiety
Jaw issues

Even Depression can be a side effect from a whiplash injury.

Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists. Seeing one as soon as you are able to following an accident can help you to heal as expediently as possible while minimizing damage. They will perform a thorough exam and physical assessment including X-rays. If they feel you will benefit from an immediate adjustment they will do so at that time as well as set the best course of treatment going forward. After even a minor accident, the curvatures in the spine are straightened, especially the neck or cervical spine. The soft tissues may heal (often with scar tissue), but the spinal curvature remains straightened. Over time, this may cause osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. This may be prevented if you get your spine evaluated after an injury.

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Foods that Promote Healthy Skin

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

dark-chocolate6 Useful Foods for Healthier Skin

Certain foods and nutrients have been shown to be very useful for promoting healthier skin.

By eating the right foods, it is possible to see significant improvements in relation to acne, wrinkle reduction, and all-round radiance. Here are a few of the best foods for healthier skin:

Chocolate

Eat two or three squares a day of a high-quality chocolate for glowing skin. Any chocolate rich in cocoa helps to hydrate the skin, leaving it supple and firm. Plus, the dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants known as flavonols.

The most beneficial bars have at least 70% cacao, which is the purest form of chocolate. Also, there is the option to apply chocolate topically; the caffeine content is helpful for reducing the appearance of skin puffiness.

Yogurt

Add yogurt to your diet to improve the skin’s firmness and make it more resilient to lines and wrinkles. The most effective option is Greek yogurt because of the high protein content. This is nearly double that found in normal yogurt. A single daily serving is enough to benefit from a smoother complexion.

pomegranatesPomegranates

Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants known as polyphenol. They are useful for regulating the skin’s blood flow and fighting free radicals. This can leave a rosy glow to the skin.

Simply add a glass of juice to the daily diet, or eat a single pomegranate. Alternatively, the fruit can be applied to the skin topically, which is useful to soften the skin and help smooth lines.

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Chinese Acupuncture Therapy

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

chinese-acupunctureAcupuncture For Emotional Well Being

The art of acupuncture therapy spans back thousands of years to ancient China and has been refined over this long period of time. Practitioners of this ancient, holistic practice are skilled health professionals that take pride in their work and consider it to be a craft that has been passed down through generations.

Becoming licensed as a practitioner requires at least two hundred hours of hands on job experience under the supervision of a skilled, licensed practitioner in a clean facility. So, if you choose to use the services of a licensed acupuncturist you know you can expect a quality experience.

Acupuncture is the therapy of using thin needles inserted into strategic trigger points on the body to re-balance the body’s natural energy to prevent or treat various medical conditions. The nervous system and vital organs of the body may not be functioning at optimum levels so re-balancing is necessary.

The treatment of acupuncture therapy has grown in popularity in America, especially in the last decade. Many physicians are looking for alternatives to prescription drug therapy treatments because many patients are suffering severe adverse side effects to these pills.

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Health Benefits of Gardening

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

gardeningThe Many Health Benefits of Gardening

Spring is in the air. And when spring is on the horizon, many of us are aching to get out and plant a garden.

In the interim, there are a lot of garden shows and seeds that we can buy to plan our ultimate garden outside. Spring is such a hopeful time of year.

But did you know that gardening had a lot of health benefits too. When we are out in nature to garden, we get to commune with nature and we get to feel so much better about ourselves and about life in general. Many times, our problems just melt away, and we release a lot of feel good endorphins.

But there are more benefits than this even. In this article I will outline some of these benefits of gardening in more detail so that you can also get urge to start planning your garden earlier this year than ever.

So, without further ado, here are the known benefits of gardening.

raised-garden-beds• When you plant your seeds in the ground and watch them grow, you have a sense of achievement and accomplishment. This can help you to feel better and more motivated.

• You will weed out negative thoughts. As you are weeding your garden, you can think of your negative thoughts just like weeds that you can get rid of. And as you pull out your weeds, imagine weeding your negative thoughts one at a time. This will help you feel better overall and less depressed.

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