Sports Injuries

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports are all too common. Often, these injuries occur in someone who is just taking up sports as a form of activity, doesn’t use proper safety equipment, or becomes overzealous about the exercise regimen.

The more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic before undertaking such activities.

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The Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

Numerous recent studies have shown the dangerous over reliance in the United States on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure it. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013, an increase of 1% from 2012. Total drug overdose deaths in 2013 hit 43,982, up 6% from 2012.¹  The problem is so severe that the CDC has declared the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”

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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How To Get More Energy

So far 2012 has been a roller coaster ride – many great new developments. And yet the worldwide economic turmoil has been very, very rough on most people. Stress levels have been sky high, and stress saps a person’s energy. Even the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is concerned. In March 2009 the DHHS posted “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” to its website, highlighting possible health risks and strategies for managing stress.

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