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What to do after a chiropractic visit 0

What to do after a chiropractic visit

What should you do after a chiropractic visit? Drink plenty of water Avoid hard work or stress on your body Stay active and avoid sitting for too long Be mindful of how your body feels Practice good posture Follow specific instructions from Chiropractor Schedule a follow-up visit Make healthy decisions moving forward Get plenty of good quality sleep Chiropractic care is a two-person job. It isn’t just the work your chiropractor does during your treatment like adjustments and realignments. You have a role to play in your recovery as well. To get the most out of a chiropractic visit you should think about the before and after. Follow these tips to get the most out of your chiropractic visit. 1. Drink plenty of water After chiropractic adjustment, your body has released stress, tension, and toxins. Staying hydrated during this time will help get unwanted debris out through your sweat and urine. It keeps everything in the body moving. 2. Get some downtime Take the rest of the day off from stressful activity if possible Fresh alignment, treat yourself. Take it as doctors orders to relax. It is important that after you get an alignment you aren’t just putting everything back to where it was. Use this as “me time”...

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Chiropractic Care for Spinal Disc Herniation 0

Chiropractic Care for Spinal Disc Herniation

What Is Spinal Disc Herniation? A herniated disc refers to a rupture in one of the rubbery cushions (spinal discs) that sit between the vertebral bones of your spinal column. A spinal disc has a thick, spongy exterior (annulus) with a delicate, jelly-like core (nucleus). A herniated disc — also called a ruptured or slipped disc — occurs when some of the soft nucleus is squeezed out into the annulus as the result of a tear. A herniated disc can occur in any part of the spinal column, and it can result in acute and referred pain, numbness, or weakness in the spine or an arm or leg, depending on where the herniated disc is located. Many people, however, report no symptoms at all. Surgery is not always necessary to treat a spinal disc herniation. With the proper treatment plan, a full recovery is possible. What Are The Symptoms of a Herniated Disc? Although most herniated discs occur in the lower back, they might also occur in the neck. Symptoms depend on the position of the disc in the spinal column, and whether or not the disc is rubbing up against a nerve. Usually, symptoms only affect one side of the body. It’s also possible to have a herniated...

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The Y-Strap: Why Traction & Decompression Tools Are Useful For Chiropractic Therapy 0

The Y-Strap: Why Traction & Decompression Tools Are Useful For Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic care is a holistic exercise — what that means is that your chiropractor will take the unique factors of your condition into account, and generate a treatment plan based on your specific needs. As new technology and innovations are discovered chiropractors are able to provide improvements to existing techniques. This is particularly true when it comes to techniques like spinal adjustment and decompression. One such piece of technology is called the Y-Strap, which is used in total spinal decompression. The Y-Strap especially focuses on decompression of the cervical spine vertebrae. Similar traction and decompression techniques have been available for quite some time, but as a product, the Y-Strap is somewhat unique. Here, we’ll discuss what the Y-Strap is and explain how traction & decompression products have the potential to help increase the standard of care for patients suffering from a variety of different conditions. What Is the Y-Strap? The Y-Strap gets its name both from its appearance and its function. Its appearance is obvious as the device looks like a Y. It’s function as a decompression tools works on the body’s “y-axis”. If you’ve received chiropractic care before chances are you’ve heard chiropractors talk about the “x-axis” and the “y-axis” of the body. These refer to directional pressure...

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Preventing Joint Pain in Cold Weather 0

Preventing Joint Pain in Cold Weather

Does it feel like every time the temperature drops, your joint pain level seems to rise? No, you’re not imagining things. Winter is the season of aches and pains for people with arthritis and other joint issues. The scientific reason behind this well-documented phenomenon remains uncertain, but there is no doubt that symptoms worsen in colder weather. While joint pain triggered by lower temperatures can occur anywhere in the body, it tends to be most common in joints that bear weight, such as the hips, knees, and ankles. The good news is, there are things you can do to alleviate — and even prevent — joint pain during the colder months. 1. Bundle up! Exposure to bone-chilling temperatures can be a shock to the system, particularly vulnerable joints. Bundling up before going outside in wintry weather, even if you’re just walking from your house to your car, will help prevent pain from flaring up. Wear gloves, hats, and scarves, as well as extra layers over your knees and legs. Several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than one thick, heavy layer because the overlapping fabric traps your body heat and keeps it close to your skin. If it’s particularly brutal out, you might want to consider wearing...

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Exercise Smarter in Portland, Oregon 0

Exercise Smarter in Portland, Oregon

Living in Portland can be a blessing and a curse, sure the summers can be nice outdoors. But when the weather gets colder, as it usually does for Fall, Winter, and, more often than not, Spring. Cold weather means one thing: exercising outdoors is a big no-go without the right gear. The only way to avoid injuries when hiking, biking, trail running, street running, or taking part in rec sports during the cold weather is by investing in the appropriate gear. Avoiding Injury During the Colder Months If you’re into keeping fit, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to keep fit all year round and not just when the weather permits it. It’s wet out there in Portland and often freezes in the Winter. During the colder months don’t be afraid to take it slower than you would usually. Exercise smarter. Don’t push yourself and end up out of action because you suffer an injury in the poor weather. Always make sure your footwear is up to the job, and if it isn’t, replace it as soon as you’re able to. When you’re running on frozen earth or snow, what you’re wearing on your feet is your first line of defense against potentially serious injuries. Ways to Stay Active...

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