Experiencing Headaches?

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer
from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing,
and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

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Change Unhealthy habits

There are three things that have to happen to successfully change a habit. The first is that you must make the decision to change.

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Wellness psychology

Wellness psychology is the study of mental and emotional wellness – in other words, the way to create conditions of thinking and feeling that are consistent with healthy living.

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Kinesio tape – Not just for Olympians!

Have you ever wondered what is that crazy looking tape seen on professional athletes and Olympians? And if you have you probably had subsequent thoughts such as does it really work and how?

Kinesio tape, a strong fabric tape with elasticity comparable to skin, was developed more than 30 years ago by Japanese chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase. He discovered that the application of the tape reproduced some of the beneficial effects of manual therapy – such as massage – in reducing pain and soreness for injured patients. It also added a benefit of gentle support while letting full or close to full joint range of motion occur.

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Principles of Good Posture

Long ago and far away, a fourth-grade teacher told a student to “stand up straight – you look like a pretzel”. The unthinking adult only offered criticism. The child was left to try to unkink himself in the ways that probably caused more structural damage.

Most of us think good posture involves thrusting out the chest and pulling back the shoulders. Informing a person that he needs to improve his posture usually results in a sudden, robot-like increase in stature, the person stiffly incorporating most or all of these muscular stresses.

Most of our daily activities work against good posture. We spend large portions of our days sitting in an uncomfortable chair, peering at a computer terminal. Muscles tighten and joints get stiff as we make our way through our daily tasks and responsibilities.

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Strong Lower Backs

Exercise is a three-step process: stretching, exercising, and abdominal strengthening. Stretching prepares you for the work of exercise, and is done first – before anything else – gently and gradually.

You may be tighter than usual on a particular day. This is not important – you should never try to stretch to where “you think you should be”. Just stretch, making sure to pay attention to what you’re doing. It’s easy to injure a muscle if you’re thinking about something else, or if you’re rushing, trying to squeeze in some stretching before dashing off to the gym.

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Pull Weeds, Not Your Back!

As Arizona ‘wet season’ approaches,  many people will spend more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety.

Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb.

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What’s all the Buzz About a Strong Core?

Core training is a no-longer-new catchphrase on the fitness landscape. The concept of core fitness, by now, has been promoted by every Pilates school, yoga center, and chain of fitness clubs around the world. Many doctors, including chiropractors, psychiatrists, orthopedists, and even cardiologists, emphasize the importance of core training with their patients. Practically every physical therapist and personal trainer has learned a variety of core exercises to use with their clients. Core fitness has become an advertising buzzword, helping to sell all kinds of health-related products. The overall result is raised awareness of the importance of core strength and the opportunity to engage in a critically important form of healthy exercise.

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Headaches – Are Your Neck Muscles to Blame?

Most people at one point or another are likely to have had the complaint of a headache. From lost work time to lots of dollars in health care expenses, headaches plague our lives when they hit.

The topic of “headache” itself is very broad – there are sinus headaches, food allergy headaches, tension headaches, vascular headaches, etc. It becomes very easy to focus just on the area of complaint and not examine other issues or referred causes. Many times the headache is a referred symptom of a problem somewhere else – often not even in the head. Chiropractic can help in managing your pain.

Good Posture – Just How Important is it?

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you can’t really be physically fit.

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