Many health problems can be prevented or resolved with conservative chiropractic care, proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle habits. Learn more about the topics below.
Dealing With Obesity
If the threat of taxing every sugared soda out there to fight obesity makes your cringe, maybe we should look to chiropractors for help solving at least part of the problem...
Staying Well at Work
If your job has you sitting at a desk all day, it's important to work at protecting your body against strain and discomfort...
Avoiding Cellphone Elbow
With over half the planet going mobile, could "cellphone elbow" be the latest thing we have to worry about?....
If you have a headache, you may want to visit a doctor of chiropractic care before you head to the medicine cabinet. Doing so can speed relief and help you avoid the side effects associated with certain drugs...
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Obesity continued... Nearly two out of every three Americans are either overweight or obese, according to the US Surgeon General. But no only do all those extra pounds put them at risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, it can also lead to serious musculoskeletal concerns. That's where doctors of chiropractic come in. "The excess weight we carry affects all the joints in our bodies - especially the hips, knees, ankles and feet - and often leads to lower back pain, " says the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Mary Beth Larsen, D.C., who was on the US Modern Pentathlon team in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. "Regular exercise is a must when developing weight-loss programs for patients. But if you're in significant pain, exercise is often not possible, or even safe." Doctors of chiropractic care can help relieve those musculoskeletal issues with safe, cost-efficient treatments. As experts in nutrition, they can also guide you to a healthier lifestyle.
Well at Work continued... "Often, sitting at a desk isn't viewed as harmful," says Dr. Gerard W. Clum, president of Life Chiropractic College West. "But sitting still for long periods and performing repetitive tasks can result in injuries." Follow these tips for avoiding neck, shoulder, arm and back pain:
If you frequently talk on the phone, use a headset that allows your neck to remain in a neutral position.
Be sure your computer monitor isn't much more than an arm's length away, and position it straight in front of you so you don't have to turn your head to look at it. Sit up straight when you type.
Choose a chair that provides good support to your low back.
Take a three-minute walk once an hour.
Place the mouse pad close to, and at the same level as, the keyboard.
Cellphone Elbow continued... Technically known as cubital tunnel syndrome, the condition can be brought on when holding a phone to the ear causes the ulnar nerve behind the elbow to become irritated. Currently, it's more common among men, with symptoms including aching, numbness and tingling. If any of those sound familiar, a chiropractor can identify the cause and develop a treatment plan for you. But according to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, you might avoid the condition altogether by using a headset or hands-free device when talking. "In today's world, people are on their phones all day long," says Gerard W. Clum, D.C. "So it's no wonder chiropractors are seeing more and more patients suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome."
Migraine Relief continued... A report from the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that spinal manipulation quickly improved headaches originating in the neck, and had far fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension headaches than a commonly prescribed medication. Other studies have shown chiropractic care to be effective in the treatment of migraine headaches. "Headaches can often be debilitating and deserve examination by a doctor," explains Gerard Clum, D.C. "They could be a warning sign that something is wrong. That something wrong could be a structural problem with the head and neck as a result of posture or injury." Dr. Clum advises that instead of masking their pain with medication, people should consider a visit to a doctor of chiropractic.
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