Winter is here! The snow is beginning to fall, giving us a break from the summer heat. The holidays are approaching. And in general, most of us are caught up in the holiday spirit. However, these colder months also mean pain for people who struggle with consistent inflammation or other spinal problems. Maybe you’re someone who feels a constant twinge in your back when temperatures are low. But is there evidence to support that cold weather cause back pain?
The first snow of the season has fallen! But unfortunately, colds and sickness are falling too. How many of your coworkers and peers have been sniffling and coughing over the last few weeks? If you’re lucky, you too haven’t fallen ill yet. But if you’re feeling drained lately, you may find yourself surrounded by Kleenexes too! In addition to handwashing, there is an immunity health formula you can follow to increase your immune health this holiday season. It consists of exercise, hydration, sleep, and chiropractic care!
Let’s talk about lower and upper cross syndromes. What are these? They are syndromes with various complications that can wreak havoc on the average person. Cross syndromes can decrease strength, flexibility, range of motion and lead to further degenerative processes (wearing down of the body – arthritis, etc.). Upper cross syndrome refers to the upper part of the body, namely the neck/upper back/chest/shoulder areas. Lower cross syndrome refers to the lower part of the body surrounding the pelvis/lower back/abdominal/upper thigh areas.
Everyday tips to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural defense. When a cut swells up and turns red, that’s your body starting the process of healing. But sometimes, our natural response goes into overdrive. This overdrive is caused by a number of factors such as poor diet, obesity, and smoking. This can cause a lot of health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis. However, there are a number of everyday steps you can take to minimize inflammation in the body. If you suffer from symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, try these tips!
Stop slouching and poor posture woes. How long has it been since someone told you to “sit up straight”? Kids get advice on their posture all the time, but some adults could definitely use a reminder. People who slouch throughout the day can be vulnerable to a wide variety of problems, including back pain.
Well friends, the Pittsburgh Marathon is over. After the hard months and long weeks of training, the weekend came and went like The Flash. With so much anticipation and buildup, you may be wondering what to focus on now. Maybe some of you need a bit of a break from running. But maybe some of you have another run planned for this evening. Recovering from a marathon is actually just as critical as training for the marathon itself. Yet it’s something many runners tend to neglect. Which is why we want to take a deep dive into marathon runner recovery and discuss ways to start healing your body.
How to fuel for a marathon and marathon training. Well friends, we’re transitioning into another marathon season. Last week we started our preparation talks with a blog regarding chiropractic care in order to prevent injury. Running a marathon requires an ample amount of preparation. We’re talking both the physical kind of preparation but also mental. Yes your body has to physically be able to run those 26.2 miles. But it also has to mentally be able to get you through the mental walls. One way to ensure both your mind and body will make it to the end is through consuming the right fuel for a marathon.
As we have discussed before, chiropractic care can benefit anyone. And this is regardless of their age or fitness ability. The most commonly known treatment is the spinal adjustment. However, a well-rounded chiropractic wellness plan can be a great help to many of us. While some injuries are quick to recover, there are some that simply take longer. Some even involve surgeries. But good news! Those receiving routine, chiropractic care, decreases those odds! And if surgery is required, chiropractic care can aid in a faster recovery time.
Back pain while losing weight. Navigating the topic of weight and weight loss in today’s world can be a little tricky. Companies are constantly trying to sell us “magic” detox teas and pills, guaranteed to help us break that plateau. Our social media feeds are full of fitness models sharing “what they eat in a day” and their “fitness routines”. On the flip side, the body positive movement is in full force. Celebrities and influencers share their “flaws” and open up about their insecurities as a form of empowerment. Leaders of the movement are sharing their pride in who they are and opening up the acceptance conversation.
But even with a more engaging social conversation, there are still things being missed. One of those topics consists of some of the side effects that can occur when a person is losing weight and getting healthy. A specific side effect worrying some is back pain while losing weight. When we have more fat on us, it acts as a cushiony layer that insulates and keeps our insides in place. But when we lose that fat, those insides shift and we can find ourselves in more pain and discomfort than normal. When a person loses weight the curves in the spine may change and overall biomechanics will change. People may also increase their activities, which will cause greater stress and pain to the musculoskeletal system.
So how do we deal with this pain? What are the causes? How is it managed? Keep reading to learn more!