For many of us, we spend a good part of the work day confined behind a desk, an electronic device or a steering wheel. Too much of any one thing is never good – especially a lack of movement.
Problems related to prolonged sitting have reached epidemic proportions
When we sit, our joints aren’t moving, our digestion slows down and our blood isn’t flowing as it should – which even impairs brain functioning!
“I’ll take the stairs next time.”
Certainly great in theory, but along with prolonged sitting, we’re also time-crunched and busy people. So when you think, ‘tomorrow I’ll move more’ or ‘next time I’ll take the stairs’, remember:
“Either we control our own health, or allow someone else to manage our sickness.”
Make a plan of action and add more physical activity to your day
Here are some tips:
- Set the alarm on your cell phone to ring every hour. Stand-up, stretch, take a brisk one minute walk and drink some water.
- Stand up and if possible walk around when having a phone conversation
- Park at the back of the parking lot
- Commit to taking the stairs at every opportunity
- Wear a pedometer and set step goals for yourself
- Enlist friends and co-workers to become more physically active at work
- Hold, or ask your employer to have a ‘walking meeting’
- Visit a co-worker as opposed to sending an email or text
If you’re able to reduce stress, you’ll feel more willing and able to move more throughout the day. Always remember what’s really important in your life – good health and healthy relationships.
We are now well into the New Year. How are you doing with the health goals you made for yourself?
It’s been a tough two months weather-wise in Windsor Essex. The extreme cold and abundance of snow have kept many of us indoors and perhaps more inactive.
It’s a great time to review your overall health goals. Here are some considerations:
- What has been working for you so far this year?
- What has been your biggest challenge?
Moving forward, now is the perfect time to recommit to becoming more healthy. Here are some tips:
- Re-evaluate your goals and be realistic, even small changes can result in big rewards.
- What is one simple change you can make? Focus on a new healthy goal every week and in no time it will be a habit.
- Breaking down your goals into smaller, attainable chunks is easier than looking at the big picture.
- Focus on your accomplishments and if you have a bad day, don’t let it become a bad week or month.
- Changing up your healthy routines regularly will help you stay motivated.
- Do something good for yourself, try acupuncture, see your chiropractor or have a massage.
We can help you attain your goals – start today! Please call us for an appointment and discover how we can help you be your best in 2014. 519-258-8544.
If your New Year work-out regime is leaving you feeling stiff and sore, we can help you feel better and meet your health and wellness goals.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be a safe and effective alternative treatment for pain and injury.
- Increase blood flow
- Improve range of motion
- Increase the body’s secretion of “good” chemicals, such as melatonin and endorphins
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce tension and muscle pressure
Don’t give up on your healthy resolutions, and don’t just ‘mask’ the symptoms with drugs – treat the problem, naturally.
Aside from chiropractic care, we also offer the following therapies to help you feel great and stay on track:
We’re proud to be your Health and Wellness Centre in Windsor, and we’re here to help you. Please call the office for your appointment. It’s going to be a great year!
Many believe that ‘Over the Counter’ or OTC drugs are not dangerous as they can be purchased without a prescription.
This simply isn’t true. There can be adverse effects of OTCs.
For pain ‘relief’ common types are Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, Advil and Aleve. While these medications can provide temporary ‘relief’ from pain, even these OTC drugs can cause problems, consider:
- Taking a higher than the recommended dosage, which can put the user at risk or an overdose.
- Taking the medication more frequently or for a longer period of time than necessary, which can put the user at risk or an overdose.
- Possible adverse effects such nausea and dizziness. Also more serious effects such as stomach bleeds, liver damage and ulcers.
- Adverse reactions with vitamins, other OTCs, prescription drugs and alcohol.
- It’s also possible to cause more damage to your body while the pain reliever ‘masks’ the problem.
When we hear advertisements for these OTC drugs, we often hear expressions like:
- Control pain
- Manage pain
- Relief from pain
What about treating the cause of the pain?
OTC pain relievers only cover up or ‘mask’ the pain – they simply don’t treat the cause of the pain.
The pain is the symptom of the problem.
Treat the cause of the pain
Naturally, with therapies such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Cold LASER Therapy
- Soft tissue manipulation
Change the focus to prevention
- Behaviour modification (avoiding the action that caused the pain)
- Maintenance care (regular chiropractic adjustments)
We hope that you can understand how important it is to treat the cause of your pain and work towards getting and keeping you healthy proactively.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment – 519-258-8544
Here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we believe in a “proactive” health care model.
What is proactive healthcare?
Proactive healthcare involves continually taking steps to maintain good health before illness or injury occurs. By working to prevent the occurrence of disease, illness or injury; this model for self-care is better for our health care system and ourselves.
When we take action to monitor and manage our health, we reduce our dependence on our health care providers to manage our illness.
It’s easier to maintain good health than manage sickness.
What is reactive health care?
Reactive health is managing our illness, disease or injury which is more likely to involve surgery, medication, hospital stays, ER visits, chronic pain management, time away from work and a less active and happy life.
Proactive health tips:
- Schedule regular visits to your primary physician, dentist and chiropractor
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Monitor your blood pressure and have your blood tested as recommended
- Regularly perform self-examinations
- Take steps to boost your immune system with vitamin C and antioxidants
- Avoid pollution and toxins in and outside your home
- Stretch and exercise regularly
- Avoid processed foods
- Stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water
- Get restful sleep
- Practice stress management techniques
Final considerations about proactive or preventative self-care:
- You will be better able to avoid potential health problems
- You will more likely to detect early symptoms of disease or illness
- Early detection may help with treatment of your illness or injury
Regular chiropractic care is an important element of a preventative health care approach. We would like to be your partners in your proactive health strategy: Please call us to schedule your appointment and to discuss your wellness plan. 519-258-8544
Some people who have never visited a chiropractor may ask: Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive and drug-free options available for relief and symptom improvement for a wide variety of physical ailments.
Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, although it’s important to note that no medical treatment is completely risk-free of adverse affects.
While most patients experience relief after a chiropractic adjustment, some people may feel:
- Slight discomfort, mild soreness or brief pain which generally lasts no longer than 24 hours
It’s important to us that all patients are confident and informed. If you are considering chiropractic care and have concerns, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
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