2019 New Years Resolutions
2019 is here. What does that mean? New Years resolutions. Where do you start? Most resolutions revolve around our health. Many people are beginning to work on their resolutions for the New Year. This can sometimes result in stress as we assess our lives and worry about whether we’ll be able to commit and follow through on those resolutions. So while most resolutions concentrate on physical health, we want to take this chance today to remind you about how important your mental health is, and how Better Chiropractic could help. Evidence suggests that chiropractic therapy can help to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and decrease physical stress on our spinal discs and nerves. These changes often lead to reduced mental stress and a sense of relaxation. Research shows us time and time again that those who receive Chiropractic care report having a higher quality of life than those who don’t, so if that is something you’re looking for in a New Year’s resolution, it’s a great way to start. With a couple weeks into January its never too late to start. Even if you aren’t having pain, many of our patients find that getting regular care once every 4-6 weeks keeps them feeling at the top of their game. Many patients also take that chance to ‘treat themselves’ and add on a massage with one of our fabulous therapists--talk about a pick-me up! We’re also able to recommend exercises and postural tips based on your needs to help you stay active and reduce chances of future injury. Here are a just a few more tips and advice for you to remember when making your health goals for this year: First, make small but specific changes. For example, if you don’t already go to the gym, you shouldn't set yourself up for failure by resolving to go to the gym everyday this year, nor simply tell yourself “I’m going to be more active”. Instead, make a goal to get a gym membership and go at least once a week, or choose to substitute water for soda. Take more walks outside and get fresh air on your breaks. It will help your stress filled day and blood flow. Second, remember that research shows Chiropractic improves quality of life and is a great way to prevent injury, improve performance, and reduce stress. .
Most people suffer from occasional headaches, due to stress, tension or exhaustion. This is a great place to learn this type of therapy. When suffering from a headache, begin by gently putting steady pressure on your temples, on both sides. After about one minute, rub the temple gently but firmly in a circular motion. Next, gently squeeze the bridge of your nose. Don't pinch it hard, but apply moderate pressure, again for about one minute. From the bridge of the nose, work the fingertips of both hands across the brow, out toward your hairline.
Next, press your index fingers firmly on either side of your nose, gently pressing down and out, slightly opening the nostrils. Hold for about one minute, breathing deeply. Gently grasp each earlobe and pull down gently, then grasp the outer edge of the ear and pull out. There are a lot of nerves in the ear, and this relieves tension. After tugging the ears, reach your hands toward the back of your neck. Find the spot on your neck where your neck meets your skull, on either side of your spine. Gently rub this spot. By now, hopefully, your headache will be less, if not gone completely.
Another great pressure point for headache relief is located on the hand, on the web of skin between the thumb and index finger. Apply firm pressure in a circular motion for about a minute to each hand. This relieves headache pain as well as other referred pain in the hands and wrists.
In addition to these techniques, using a tennis ball to gently apply pressure to the trigger points on the neck will also help relieve headaches. The following video below details the exact technique to use for headache relief that can help you understand more to help relieve the pain.
How Does Stretching Prevent Sports Injury?
One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase the length of both your muscles and tendons. This leads to an increased range of movement, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs.-How else can stretching help? While injuries can occur at any time, they are more likely to occur if the muscles are fatigued, tight and depleted of energy. Fatigued, tight muscles are also less capable of performing the skills required for your particular sport or activity. Stretching can help to prevent an injury by promoting recovery and decreasing soreness. Stretching ensures that your muscles and tendons are in good working order.The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they’ll become injured.
So as you can see, there’s more to stretching than most people think. Stretching is a simple and effective activity which will help you to enhance your athletic performance, decrease your likelihood of sports injury and minimize muscle soreness.