Why is Good Posture So Important?

Why is Good Posture Important - Windsor Ontario ChiropractorsGood posture means good health. Are you surprised? Remember that our spines are central to our structure. The spine is the ‘relay station’ of our central and peripheral nervous systems.

 

Good posture distributes the force of gravity through our body, ensuring that no structure is overstressed. Good posture helps our bodies be more resistant to the day to day stressors we experience in life.

Ideal postural alignment balances the distribution of body weight, which enables our muscles and ligaments to perform as designed. Proper posture also allows for improved circulation, digestion, nervous system and organ functioning.

Many conditions occur as a result of our bodies being held in an unnatural position. Problems with back pain, neck and chronic muscle strain can all be reduced by proper posture.

Good posture is essential to good health. When the spine is properly aligned our bodies function as it is meant to. 

If you’re looking to improve your posture, please call us for a postural assessment – 519-258-8544

Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding and help for chronic pain Windsor OntarioDo you know someone who lives with chronic pain? 

Those suffering from chronic pain can understand that the physical pain they experience is only one element of a veritable cascade, which impacts every single aspect of their life.

First of all, just being in constant pain is tough not just physically, but also emotionally, and depression is a common diagnosis with chronic pain sufferers. Just imagine not knowing if or when the pain will ever subside. Think about starting every day for the rest of your life in terrible pain. Imagine friends, family and co-workers doubting the severity of your condition.

Now imagine being in pain – nighttime is a nightmare! Sleep is difficult, there is no comfortable position, there’s no break from the pain, even at night.

So, the chronic pain sufferer begins another day, tired, exhausted and in pain. They are not as physically active as they once were. They are not able to enjoy the activities they once did. Through this cycle, the chronic pain patient may gain weight, see friends or family less and slowly disassociate more from the world.

Now consider that a comfort to the chronic pain sufferer may be food, alcohol or drugs. These temporary and dangerous distractions may have long-term implications: weight gain, personality change and addiction. These factors may further deteriorate the already strained relationships with friends and family. These factors may further isolate them.

For chronic pain sufferers who have been prescribed pain relief medication, they are just “masking” the actual cause of the pain, and there will still be limitations on their physical abilities and overall quality of life… not to mention the opioid addiction crisis in Ontario and across North America.

The best way to avoid chronic pain and the cascade of associated problems is to be proactive and avoid pain from the start. Stretch, exercise, eat healthily and live a life with balance.

And when in pain, seek help immediately.

When your body is in pain, it’s a sign that “something is not right”. Seek to treat the actual cause of the pain, rather than covering up the painful symptoms up with drugs. When possible, utilize natural treatments to get you back into good health and to help you remain in good health.

Whether you’re in pain or feeling great, we’re here for you. Please call to schedule your appointment: 519-258-8544

Have a Great Day – Start with a Great Morning

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. — Marcus Aurelius

Happy and Healthy Morning HabitsResearch has shown that the most successful people in the world share similar morning habits. Many of these habits involve establishing a healthy start to the day. To find the extra time to add these healthy actions into your day, it’s recommended that going to bed at night and rising in the morning 5 minutes earlier, each day for a week.

Consider adding one of the following healthy morning ideas to your new routine each week.

  • Avoid sensory overload for the first half hour in the day and leave cell phones, TVs and other electronic devices off.
  • Drink water immediately after waking to help start your digestion and hydrate your body.
  • Open the blinds and if possible spend a few quiet moments outside.
  • Take 5 minutes to stretch, breathe deeply and listen to your body.
  • Spend 5 minutes doing one of the following:
    • Reading something positive or motivating
    • Meditate
    • Write in a journal
    • Listing things that you’re grateful for
    • Listen to music
  • Repeat positive affirmations to yourself
  • Take a few minutes to review your plan for the day and prioritize based on importance.
  • Eat a healthy, fresh and well-balanced breakfast.

When you are able to approach your day in a purposeful and calm manner, the benefits will last throughout even a hectic day. The healthy actions in your morning will compound and spread, positively affecting your entire life.

Mid Year Health Check-In    

Renewing health goals Huron Church Chiropractic Many of us may find it hard to believe that we’re nearly half-way through the year, but the calendar doesn’t lie!

With the bounty of summer nearing and all the fantastic outdoor activities available to us in Windsor and Essex County, now is a great time to review and renew our commitment to improved health.

How are you doing with your health goals? Are you more active? Healthier? Happier? Less stressed? Here are some considerations and healthy inspiration for you:

We’re here for you! If we can help you, please reach out to us. 519-258-8544

Top Reasons to Improve Your Posture!

Professional Woman sitting up straightPoor posture develops over time due to many factors, such as lifestyle (time spent on mobile devices), work environment (bad work ergonomics), injury (back pain may cause a habitual change in how you carry your body) and weight gain or loss.

As we age and as poor postural habits develop, it can cause many  physical problems. Here are the top reasons to improve your posture.

  • Reduce headaches
  • Less muscle tension
  • Improved nervous system functioning
  • Decreased wear and tear on joints
  • Better circulation
  • Improved digestive function
  • Less fatigue
  • Better balance
  • Improved self-image
  • Appear more confident

Consider that it takes more effort to have poor posture. Over time this can cause achy joints, sore muscles and fatigue. Outwardly you may display symptoms such as;

  • Rounded shoulders
  • Hunchback appearance
  • Forward head
  • Over-pronated feet
  • Pelvic tilt
  • Pot belly

Improve your posture, improve your health and your overall enjoyment of life! If you would like a postural assessment, please call our office to arrange for your appointment: 519-258-8544

Fall Family Fun Outdoor Activities

Sunset over Detroit River viewed from Windsor OnBefore your family settles in for a long, cold, Windsor-Essex County winter; be active! Get outside and enjoy these low or no-cost family fun outdoor activities.

  • It’s a great time to visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch in Essex County. Many offer other family-friendly outdoor activities.
  • Take a walk or bike ride on the Windsor Riverfront. Enjoy the city scenery and immerse your family in the art at Windsor Sculpture Park.
  • Rediscover the beauty of one of Canada’s National Parks: Right here in our own county! Stroll the boardwalks, hike the easy trails and enjoy the nature at Point Pelee National Park.
  • Explore the calm beauty of the Chrysler Greenway. There is more than 50 kms of trails in Essex County with diverse natural areas and green space.
  • Enjoy the culture and history of Fort Malden in Amherstburg where there are many special events and activities happening; indoors and out!

If you have any other healthy outdoor activities for families in the Windsor-Essex area, please leave your comment below.

Enjoy!