There’s nothing like the holiday season for reconnecting with friends and family and sharing in gratitude for a good year and good health, but this same time of year can also become stressful because of added familial obligations, plenty of rich and indulgent holiday meals, and the frenzy of holiday shopping or approaching deadlines.
Striking the right hydration balance can be tricky. The body, which is about 60 percent water, needs water to stay alive. Every system depends on it – from carrying nutrients to the cells and flushing toxins from organs.
Knee pain will affect one out of every two Americans at some point during their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. As the number two cause of chronic pain, more than a third of Americans report being affected by it at any given time.
If you go to bed soon after eating the kind of large meal that quickly breaks down into sugar, the headache you wake up with probably isn’t monsoon-related.
But if you notice that during monsoon season – defined as between June 15 and Sept. 30 since 2008 – there’s a marked connection between your headaches and/or joint pain increasing when those severe storms are about to occur, there quite possibly is a link.
Monsoon season doesn’t usher in host of new patients, but we definitely note a tendency to see more of our existing patients at this time of year.
Inflammation is our body’s first line of defense in repairing injury or infection and against anything toxic, but that same protection can become problematic if it is too regularly called upon to “guard” us against perceived attack. Chronic inflammation is a high stress state of response in the body that has been associated with a host of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, mental health issues, arthritis and more, and reducing that stress is an emerging field of research and focus in the medical community.
When it comes to gauging summer heat, you always hear the saying “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” While humidity certainly can make high temperatures feel hotter (up to 15-20 degrees!), dry heat can be just as taxing on the body and staying hydrated is essential to keeping your body operating in top form this summer.
With half of all Americans experiencing symptoms every year, lower back pain is the number one reason for missed work, the second most common reason for medical visits, and costs more than $50 billion annually, according to the American Chiropractic Association. This year, save some time, pain, and money by employing these simple solutions for getting back on your feet sooner and for preventing injury in the first place.
There are about 400 muscles within the human body, together making up approximately half of your weight. Trigger points can arise within any of them. They come in two basic varieties: active and latent. An active trigger point is associated with excruciating pain. A latent trigger point, on the other hand, reduces range of motion and can result in structural misalignment.
In the past, chiropractic care was considered a questionable form of alternative medicine by many in the healthcare establishment. Popular culture was unsure about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments too, with Homer Simpson playing the part of a groundbreaking chiropractor by pushing “patients” over his trashcan.
The effectiveness of chiropractic care, though, could not be denied. Today, integrative pain management clinics standardly include spinal manipulation as one of many strategies to achieve pain relief.
Part of the way that chiropractic has been proven is with research, which has shown that this form of medicine has a beneficial impact on numerous health conditions—just a few of which are discussed below.