What Chiropractic Patients Should Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

If you find yourself becoming depressed, increasingly irritable and suffering from more bouts of insomnia as winter approaches, you may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Your risk of having this condition increases the further you get from the equator.

The prevalence of SAD is estimated to be only 1.4 percent in Florida, but jumps to 9.7 percent in New Hampshire. Although it is not listed as a mental disorder in itself, it is categorized as a specific type of depression.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal was the first researcher to study and name this phenomenon, motivated by his desire to understand what caused his depression in the long dark days of the northern winters. Rosenthal and colleagues conducted a placebo-controlled study of SAD that used light therapy, which was found to be effective in alleviating some of the symptoms of SAD.

Although the exact cause of SAD is not fully understood, scientists believe that the hypothalamus is negatively affected by the relative lack of sunlight in more northern latitudes (or more southern latitudes for people in the southern hemisphere). The hypothalamus regulates our circadian rhythm and produces the hormones that influence sleep, mood and appetite.

Some of the most common warning signs of seasonal affective disorder include can be found here

The Seven Sacred Words

  1. Wisdom
  2. Gratitude
  3. Presence
  4. Inspiration
  5. Certainty
  6. Enthusiasm
  7. Love

The human brain and how it acquires language is a constant source of scientific interest.  Words, laughter, and music stimulate the brain and linguistics researchers are uncovering their role in communication through the vibratory frequencies of the human nervous system.  The Seven Sacred Words, or words of power, have inherent in them a vibrancy frequency, almost a life of their own.  Understood and practiced with intent, they represent powers that enliven the heart, mind, and soul.  They are the keys to the awareness of the magnificence and magic of this world.  I challenge you to imagine being consistently successful in any area of life without them.

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Chiropractic Care for Back Pain

Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.

Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.

The initials “DC” identify a chiropractor, whose education typically includes an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.

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Improve your Body’s Physical Function with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustment is defined as a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.  Chiropractic adjustment is also referred to as spinal manipulation.  The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to correct structural alignment.  Chiropractic care helps to improve your body’s physical function.

Chiropractic care can be effective in treating lower back pain.  Studies suggest that chiropractic treatment also may be effective for those suffering fro headaches, and other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain. Chiropractic treatment helps to improve your body’s physical function by promoting self-healing.  No preparation is required before a chiropractic adjustment.  Some patients may require a series of visits to your chiropractor.

To find out how chiropractic care can help improve your physical function, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Yoga is for Everyone

Yoga is often linked to being an exercise for women.  However, everyone can benefit from yoga.  Those suffering from back, neck, joint, and muscle injuries find that yoga helps reduce their pain.  Studies reveal that those who practice yoga twice a week for eight weeks gain strength, flexibility, and endurance.  Yoga stretches your muscles and can also help relieve stress.

Try these poses to help minimize back and neck pain…

  1. Downward-Facing Dog: this pose is an excellent stretch to target your entire body.  Try to hold this pose for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat about five to seven times.
  2. Child’s Pose: this stretch helps to elongate your back, which can really help you relieve stress.  You can repeat this stretch as many times as needed.
  3. Pigeon Pose: this is a bit more challenging for beginnings, but can be really helpful in stretching hip rotators and flexors.
  4. Triangle Pose:  this is an excellent pose to help you strengthen your back and legs muscles.
  5. Cat and Cow Pose:  If you have an achy, sore back, than this pose is for you!  Try to repeat it ten times to get the best results.
  6. Upward Forward Bend: this pose stretches your hamstrings and back muscles, while also helping to minimize tension in your shoulders.
  7. Upward-Facing Dog: this stretch engages your back by opening up your chest and stretching your abdominal muscles.

To learn how to properly do these yoga poses visit this site! To find out more information about what exercises can help you relieve your back and neck pain, contact Lavanga Chiropractic!

Benefits of Personal Training

Sometimes getting motivated to exercise feels impossible.  If you are struggling to reach your see results, a personal trainer can help you develop the right workout plan to meet your goals!  Personal trainers provide endless benefits to your health!  Personal training is great for if you need help losing a few pounds, toning your arms, flattening your stomach, learning new exercises, and so on.  Seeking out a personal trainer means that you are ready to make a commitment to your health and fitness.
The following are just a few ways personal training can benefit you!
  • Getting started.  Half of the struggle is starting to workout.  Personal training will help you get started and develop an exercise routine that is tailored to your fitness goals!
  • Learn proper technique and form.  Personal training allows you to learn how to properly do an exercise.  This benefits your health in the long-term and helps to prevent potential injuries.
  • Achieve your goals.  If you are striving to reach significant fitness goals, personal training will help keep you on track!

If you are interested in personal training, try out a trainer, look for qualifications and style, search online, and ask yourself how well they teach.

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The Health Benefits of Walking

With today’s fast paced lifestyle and culture, it is sometimes easy to miss out on the simple things in life that will have a positive effect on your health: meditation, yoga, healthy eating and most importantly walking.  Most of us walk in some way, shape or form every day.  We walk to and from the car, around the office or at work, around the house – but do just as many of us walk for our health?  Some people take walks to clear their heads and have some alone time while others take group walks to catch up with friends or family as a way to stay in touch!

Walking has many positive impacts on your health and well being that have little to do with weight.  Taking a daily walk, even as slow as two miles per hour, can improve heart health and cardiovascular endurance!  The average adult is suggested to require 10,000 steps per day – minimum.  This seems like a LOT of work; however, taking a stroll at your lunch hour at work can take up a large chunk of those steps!  Most smart phones are even compatible with apps to track these steps.  Maintaining good posture during these walks will also improve your muscles required to maintain good posture while sitting and other non-walking activities!

For those who aren’t used to a more aggressive exercise regimen, walking is a great place to start!  Take the time you need and the pace that is (not too) simple for you and get started.  As with all exercise, consult with your doctor prior to starting a new regimen.  Contact Lavanga Chiropractic today to assist with your plan today!

Headaches and Chiropractics

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.
What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
Headache Triggers
Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.
Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern.
“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”
What Can You Do?
The ACA suggests the following:
  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”

Laughing Provides Health Benefits

Laughing provides health benefits and also helps relieve stress.  Laughing is a free way to boost your mood and diminish pain.  It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine.  This theory proves to be true as research shows that laughing can have physical, mental, and social benefits.

Laughing can have a positive impact on your physical health.  Laughter can help boost immunity, lower stress hormones, decrease pain, relax your muscles, and help prevent heart diseases.  A good laugh has the power to relieve tension caused by stress for up to 45 minutes.  So next time you’re feeling on edge, ask a friend to tell you a joke to trigger endorphins.  Laughing can also benefit your mental health in the following ways:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

In addition to contributing to your physical and mental health, laughing can also provide social benefits.  Sharing laughs can help create bonds and strengthen relationships.  Laughter is always a good icebreaker when meeting new people.  Humor is a way for groups to bond and feel more comfortable around each other.  Laughing is contagious and can attract others to us.  By sharing laughs with others you can help improve and maintain relationships.