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Wellness

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Wellness Center

We've included this section of our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life and the lives of others close to you. If there is additional information you'd like us to include in the future, please let us know. We endeavor to meet the needs of our patients and our visitors in person and online. As always, please be sure to share this site with others by sending your family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances our address on the web - we'd love to have them stop by.

Wellness

Baby Boomers and Beyond

Included in this section is information on:

  • the spine and changes that occur with aging,
  • how chiropractic can eliminate years of pain and discomfort while simultaneously enhancing health and wellness,
  • many prevalent health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s Disease,
  • exercise and fitness programs for the maturing individual
  • dietary and nutritional concerns for the maturing individual

Children and Infants

Welcome to the section of our site dealing with the health issues of infants, children and teens.

This area provides parents with useful information necessary in raising a healthy family. Healthy habits are formed, or not formed, at a very early age. Thus, we urge parents to take an active role in their children’s health and teach their children through healthy examples.

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Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the applied science of designing and developing equipment, workstation layout and work strategies to best suit and protect the human body. The goal of ergonomics is to minimize fatigue, discomfort, injury and emotional stress.

It’s important to recognize that even the most ergonomically correct environment will not prevent repetitive stress injuries if the body is simply overworked. The body has limitations with what it can withstand. Surpassing those limitations will most definitely result in injury.

Posture

Proper posture simply refers to maintaining the body in a position which protects against excessive stresses which cause injury, while requiring a minimal amount of muscular effort to maintain. In other words, a comfortable position which will not irritate your spinal tissues.

Posture plays a significant role in the development of chronic conditions such as chronic back and neck pain. Poor posture is responsible for overstretching ligaments and other supportive spinal structures as well as exhausting spinal musculature, all of which quickly leads to the development of chronic spinal pain.

Learning and practicing proper postural habits will help reduce the likelihood of acquiring back and neck injuries, reduce spinal degeneration, and help keep your spine and body happy and healthy.

Exercise

Fitness and Exercise Programs

Participating in regular physical activities is a must for all individuals, of all ages. Unfortunately, approximately 60% of all Americans fail to meet their recommended levels of physical activity. Worse yet, 25% of Americans fail to participate in any sort of physical activity. Many studies have shown exercise can significantly increase energy levels. Ironically, the number one excuse for not exercising is a lack of energy or the person being too tired.

We have therefore included a number of beginner to intermediate level resistance training programs linked above to assist you in starting or spicing up your current physical activity regimen.

Resistance training involves the use of resistance, such as through the use of free weights or nautilus equipment, to increase the strength, tone and sometimes size of a muscle. Resistance training is not just for bodybuilders who wish to increase their muscles’ size, but rather, is for anyone wishing to keep their body strong, healthy and fit. In addition, resistance training can simultaneously provide a cardiovascular workout. By keeping the rest-time between the sets of exercises minimal, a moderate heart rate can be achieved and maintained throughout the entire workout. This extends the benefits of your exercise training program to the most important muscle of all, the heart.

Note: Please check with us or other health care provider prior to initiating any fitness or exercise routine, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition that you’re aware of.

 

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Studies conducted on exercise have shown the following benefits:

  • cardiovascular health
    • reduction in LDL (“bad” cholesterol)
    • increase in HDL (“good” cholesterol)
    • increased heart strength and health
    • increases V02 max (maximum oxygen uptake)
  • emotional health and quality of life
    • anxiety reduction
    • stress lowering
    • increased sense of well being
    • increase in self confidence
  • disease prevention
    • reduced disease and sickness
    • reduction of fall injuries in seniors
    • diabetes prevention in the aging
  • weight management
    • reduction of body fat
    • prevention of obesity
  • size and strength gains
    • increased physical performance
    • increased strength
    • increased speed
    • increased muscle tone
  • functioning and quality of life in the elderly
    • increased mobility and independence in seniors
    • life extension
  • pregnancy
    • increased on-time deliveries
    • increased protection from miscarriage

Home Exercises and Stretches

The Home Exercises and Stretches area of our website is provided solely for current, active patients of our office who have specifically been prescribed, by our office, certain exercises/stretches contained within. These patients may utilize the exercises/stretches contained within, but must do so in the exact manner as prescribed by our office.

Non-patients and inactive patients of our office may enter this area, but are not authorized to perform or recommend the exercises/stretches within.

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