As with most things in life (especially in this decade am I right), there will be those who agree with you, and those who really really disagree with you. Which is fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, a good rule of thumb is to be open-minded enough to at least hear what the other side has to say. What am I talking about? Get to the point? Okay here it is; even chiropractors face a lot of negativity from those who have certain ~*opinions*~ regarding our specialty.
There was a research article that was published last year about chiropractic care decreasing the need for opioids. Ever since I read this article this statistic stuck with me; people who saw a chiropractor were 64% less likely to use opioids than people who didn’t according to the journal Pain Medicine. 64%. Those are winning odds.
Why does it matter?
Have you ever had a goal so lofty you ended up doing nothing? Or a goal so small you put it off for what seemed like an unsensible amount of time? What’s the point of unnecessary deadlines? Why do people track their weight loss? All these questions relate back to one of my favorite concepts; SMART goals.
Like a good recipe a good goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. The best part about the SMART goals concept is that it’s applicable to just about any area of your life that you’d like to make changes in. It’s a framework, and frameworks are meant to be built on. For our purposes, let’s talk about how SMART goals can be utilized to improve your health.
Damned if you do…damned if you don’t. That’s life for you cupcake! Just kidding, kind of. Sometimes it feels that way though doesn’t it? For instance, strength/resistance training; it’s amazing for you, it’s arguably necessary, but what is up with all these sports injuries?? If it’s good for you, why do people get hurt so often?
It happens. All we can do is try our hardest to avoid these injuries and reap only the benefits of a challenging exercise regimen. Here’s a positive twist on sports injuries though: they’re preventable for the most part. Unlike a car accident or a bad fall, you can PLAN to avoid most sports injuries (not all, that’s just life, sorry) and in most cases, precautionary measures for those of us that aren’t competitive powerlifters or Olympians should be enough to keep us healthy and injury free.
So here are some of the most common strength training injuries and what you can do to prevent them:
We Chiros deal with the spine. It’s our bread and butter. The spine is composed of 33 bones called vertebrae. SO you can imagine that we’re pretty invested in bone health. Most people reach peak bone mass by age 30, and after that you’re losing more than you gain. By age 40, you’re losing bone mass. Which means, the younger you are the more time you have to set yourself up for success. While we all eventually lose bone mass, the more you accumulate, when young, the better protected you are against osteoporosis and fractures.
Here’s a fact: wellness does not just mean you’re physically healthy. You know how when someone says “how are you?” you don’t reply “I’m in shape!”? What do you say instead? Probably “I’m great/good/fine”, or… “I’m well.” Because wellness, and BEING well is about more than just your cardiovascular health and your waistline.
Mindfulness and meditation are not synonymous.
Surprise! Mindfulness is defined as “the mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and body sensations” by the Oxford Dictionary.
Meditation, on the other hand, is defined as “Thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
Let’s get right to the point today: there are SO many myths about the chiropractic field. I love my profession, but I don’t love the lack of education and the bad rep it can sometimes get. There are several myths, but these are three that just need to be addressed.
The spread of misinformation that has occurred actively contributes to preventing people who could benefit greatly from chiropractic care from getting the help they need and instead turning towards medication, drugs or surgery (treating the symptom not the problem) or staying in pain. So, let’s get into busting these myths.
Through the years we’ve met with a lot of patients, with a lot of different reasons for coming in to see us. However, over time some patterns have definitely stood out and led us to identifying the top five most common reasons for patients coming in. So why share this?
We love our patients, and we love treating them. However, ultimately we want you to be informed, and not in pain. Some things are preventable, some are not. For the preventable, we want you to know what to do (or what not to do) so that it doesn’t happen to you. For the unpreventable-because let’s face it, sometimes life just happens-we at least want you to know that we’re here for you.
Spring cleaning season is upon us! Do you know what this means? It’s the season of moving, helping friends move, rearranging your living room on a whim, throwing out the clutter in your life, and introducing new clutter (I’m just being honest…did you really need that new pair of shoes?). HOWEVER, just because it’s the season of “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t mean you get to just throw out your health and forget all those healthy habits you try to stick to the rest of the year.
One of the most common reasons we see patients are sports injuries, including weightlifting. Spring cleaning can be similar to this and other sports because it often involves heavy things being lifted and moved, which often leads to injuries, and leads YOU into our office! This certainly does not have to be the case (the injuries part, we can’t do much about the rest). Lifting things properly is easy if you remember a few key components.